SANDEE invites concept notes for research projects in the general area of environmental and resource economics relating to the development of South Asia and the HKH. Although SANDEE will consider concept notes on any topic within that general area, of particular interest for the current call are concept notes on the economics of forest restoration: the reestablishment of forest cover in degraded or recently
harvested forests (reforestation) or marginal or abandoned croplands and pastures (afforestation). The 2018 IPCC report Global Warming of 1.5 °C identified forest restoration as one of the most cost-effective options for reducing atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide.

The economics of forest restoration remain poorly understood, particularly in developing countries. Important knowledge gaps include the effectiveness and costs/benefits of existing or past tree-planting programmes (including benefits other than carbon sequestration); incentives for encouraging households and communities to plant trees; and the impacts of tree-planting programmes on livelihoods, poverty, and equity within and between households and communities. Viable methodological approaches for filling these gaps include, but are not limited to, impact evaluation methods, cost-benefit analysis, choice experiments, and field experiments.


  • Regardless of whether concept notes submitted in response to this call focus on forest restoration or other environmental/natural resource topics, SANDEE will prioritize the selection of concept notes that have a strong economics component and the dual potential to produce high-impact scientific publications and information that is useful to national-, provincial-, or local-level policy makers in the region.
  • Researchers working in South Asia and the HKH are eligible to submit concept notes.
  • SANDEE welcomes concept notes that involve interdisciplinary projects, cross-border collaborations, and transboundary topics with a mountain and gender focus.
  • Principal investigators (PIs) must be junior to mid-career professionals employed by a university, research institute, or other similar institutions in the region, including government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
  • Research teams can include senior researchers as co-PIs or mentors but not as PIs.
How to Apply

To be considered for the Summer 2020 grant cycle, please review the procedure and submit the application form online here: 

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