RFP Information and LOI Form

WorkRise seeks letters of inquiry for two types of proposals:

  1. research projects using existing data (including survey and administrative data, proprietary and publicly available data, and qualitative data) to generate new analysis about how to strengthen vulnerable workers’ economic stability and economic mobility
  2. pilots and other efforts that could be put into action quickly to generate new data and analysis

Projects that explicitly consider racial/ethnic inequities, gender disparities, geographic inequalities, and the role of systems or policies in perpetuating such inequities will be received with particular interest, as will those that distinguish between new labor market entrants and incumbent workers. Projects with potential to create new, high-quality, large-scale, longitudinal open-source datasets with the ability to disaggregate by key demographics—including race, earnings, local labor market geography, industry/occupation, skills, education, gender, and/or family structure—also are strongly encouraged to apply. Examples of potential topics can be found in the full RFP/RFI.

Interested parties should use the link below to submit a short, form-based letter of inquiry that includes the following:

  • a description of the key research question;
  • a description of the data source or proposed data source, and, if applicable, plans for securing access to the required data;
  • if applicable, a description of the proposed pilot or other effort that will be used to generate new data and analysis;
  • a description of key outcomes to be measured and an explanation for how these outcomes provide meaningful insights about strengthening vulnerable workers’ near-term economic stability and longer-term mobility prospects;
  • a list of key project partners;
  • an estimate of the project’s duration; and
  • total funding request, total project budget, and (where relevant) anticipated funding from other sources.

LOIs in response to the RFP are due by 11:59 p.m., June 29, 2020. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal (invitations will be sent on a rolling basis). Award decisions will be made on a rolling basis beginning in mid-July. Awards amounts are anticipated to range between $50,000 to $500,000 for a 12-to-18-month grant period.

Click here to submit a letter of inquiry (LOI)