Request for Proposal and Request for Information

WorkRise’s spring 2020 RFP/RFI cycle is currently closed. We will be launching the WorkRise website later this summer in time for the fall 2020 funding cycle. For more information, please write to


WorkRise, a research-to-action network for jobs, workers, and mobility, is launching a drive to rapidly develop and share actionable evidence on what works to shore up workers’ economic security during the COVID-19 crisis and promote their longer-term upward mobility as they rebuild their lives. This initiative will

  • provide up to $2 million for research on pilot or existing programs, policies, and practices to rapidly develop rigorous evidence that can inform and drive effective action toward a labor market that boosts workers’ mobility;
  • create a clearinghouse for innovative responses to the current labor market crisis taken by the private sector, civil society, and government; and
  • elevate promising policies and practices to key decisionmakers, including philanthropic leaders; local, state, and federal policymakers; worker advocates; and business leaders.

To achieve these objectives, WorkRise is issuing both a request for proposals (RFP) and a request for information (RFI) to identify and accelerate innovative solutions—including programs, policies, and practices—that both provide immediate economic relief to struggling workers and create pathways for long-term economic security and upward mobility.

The RFP is designed for those with research projects in need of funding, while the RFI is designed for those implementing promising practices in need of additional support and/or research and evaluation. Both the RFP and the RFI are open to all: practitioners, policymakers, researchers, advocates, employers, and others. Select RFI respondents will be offered support in developing a response to the RFP that includes a research- or data-focused outcome and, where appropriate, additional program funds.

Download the full RFP/RFI here
Click here for the request for proposals
Click here for the request for information