Campbell Funding for Methods

The request for proposals is now closed for contributions to methods development for systematic reviews.


The Campbell Collaboration promotes positive social change through the production and use of systematic reviews for evidence-based policy and practice. With the support of the American Institutes for Research, the Campbell Collaboration announced up to five awards for methods development.

The Campbell Collaboration requested proposals for contributions for methods development for systematic reviews by Monday, 20 February 2017. This request for proposals explains what the awards are for and how to apply.

The awards

The proposed contributions may be:

  • Papers presenting new and innovative methods
  • Papers providing clear expositions of the application of frontier methods to guide review authors
  • Software to assist review production which will complement, and preferably be compatible with, existing review production software, in particular Coevidence/Revman

The papers will be published in the Campbell Library Methods Series. They may also be submitted for journal publication by the authors.  Any software must be placed in the public domain free of charge. Code may be published with an accompanying narrative as a Campbell Methods Paper.

Proposals may be for either methods for quantitative or qualitative synthesis. Priority will be given to proposals in the following areas: reviews of reviews, qualitative synthesis, systematic review methods for cost effectiveness analysis for social interventions.


Individual awards will be made in the range US$5,000 to US$20,000. The total amount to be awarded is US$80,000.

Eligibility criteria

Only legally registered institutions may apply for the awards, not individuals.  There is no geographical restriction, nor is any priority given to those from particular countries.

Review criteria

The proposals will first be screened by the Secretariat for eligibility, completeness and feasibility.

Proposals which pass the screening shall be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • The contribution of the proposed work as judged against the following criteria: (i) innovativeness, (ii) usefulness. The higher of the two scores on these two criteria will be used in the assessment. (50%)
  • Qualifications of team members: the experience of the PI and (if different) the team member responsible for the largest time input. (35%).
  • Value for money (15%).

Review process

Screening will be conducted by the Campbell Secretariat. Proposals deemed not to pass the feasibility criterion will be referred to the review committee chair for assessment against that criterion.

Proposals passing screening will be independently scored by a team of four reviewers. After scoring, these four reviewers will meet as a review panel to make a final decision on the awards.

Campbell reserves the right not to make the advertised number of awards if there are insufficient proposals of sufficient quality.

Application process

Applications should comprise:

  • The completed application form available here
  • CVs of all team members (CVs of RAs, if any, are not required)
  • Budget using the Excel template available for download here

Applications and supporting material must be in English (except the titles of non-English language publications in CVs).

Applications should be submitted by email to [email protected] with the subject Campbell Methods Awards by 11.59 pm EST on Monday, 20 February 2017.

Applications not following the above process will not be accepted.  Questions may be sent be submitted by email to [email protected] until Friday, January 27 2017. A FAQ will be posted on the Campbell website by 1 February 2017.

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