The ACM Special Interest Group on Economics and Computation (SIGecom), with financial support from Facebook, is announcing a request for proposals (RFP) called “Global Challenges in Economics and Computation.” The RFP will provide $150K in funding to aspiring researchers from low- and middle-income countries to apply research in economics and computation (EconCS) to help achieve the UN‘s sustainable development goals. In addition to being awarded funding, select winners will also present their projects at a special session at the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC’20) July 13-17, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary.

One goal of this RFP is to help form teams of established EconCS researchers, aspiring researchers, and practitioners in low- and middle-income countries. We want these groups to tackle social issues for which everyone on the team plays an important role. Moreover, we hope that this grows EconCS expertise into new parts of the world, so that future students in those areas will have local experts to provide EconCS mentorship.

For more details and submission instructions, see the full call for proposals. The deadline to submit proposals is April 10. To find collaborators, explore project ideas, and get feedback from relevant experts, see the Global Challenges in Economics and Computation 2020 Facebook group.