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The Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at the University of California, Irvine, is soliciting proposals for original research on the use of money of all kinds as a means of saving, storing, and transferring value among the world’s poorest people. By money, we include both traditional nationally-issued money and technologically-mediated instruments and systems, as well as systems based on personal relationships and social networks. Examples of the range of media we are including under the rubric of money are: livestock, land, gifts of labour, jewelry and other valuables, cash, coin, checks, cards, mobile phones or other electronic devices, and rotating savings and credit associations or similar arrangements. Research proposals are especially welcomed that focus on one or more of the following broad topics:
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What is the impact of new technologies on saving, storing and transferring wealth? New technologies might include mobile banking, card-based systems; the sharing of technology; informal means of distributing the kinds of savings, transfers and exchanges that such technology makes possible; the adoption of new money or financial technologies.
What objects, relationships, social practices, or intangibles are used to fulfill the basic functions of money as a means of exchange, store of wealth, measure of value, and method of payment? How are these objects, relationships or social practices understood and used among the world’s poorest people?
What practices exist now among the world’s poorest people to protect against theft, fraud, and other forms of risk? How do the very poor cope with the dangers of handling and holding onto traditional currency objects? Research foci here might include rotating savings and credit associations, storage practices, concealment practices, and long-distance relationships involving transfers of wealth.
What social factors go into the creation and use of value and wealth? How do social payments such as tribute, marriage or death payments affect people’s understanding and use of money, other wealth goods, and relationships? What is the role of sharing and pooling in managing money? And how are new technologies transforming all of these above kinds of payments?
The Institute is also interested in proposals for research aimed at impacting the design and implementation of new systems for increasing financial inclusion among the world’s poorest people. We seek proposals that have the potential for transformative interventions, new thinking and unexplored possibilities.
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The Institute seeks proposals from researchers in the developing world associated with an organisation or institution such as a university that can accept a transfer of research funds. The researcher’s institution should also ensure that the research is conducted in a manner compliant with the ethical standards for human subjects research in the country where the research will be undertaken. If such guarantee cannot be made, then the University of California, Irvine, will conduct a review of the research’s protocols for human subjects protection. Eligibility: This call for proposals is open to all researchers who work in the developing world. Researchers are encouraged to submit proposals that involve a partnership with universities or other organisations in the developing world.

Proposals should be in English, French or Spanish. If the applicant wishes to submit a proposal in another language, please inquire in advance. Proposals must consist of:
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A proposal abstract of no more than 300 words.
A project narrative of no more than 10 typed, double-spaced pages, including within that page limit a bibliography of references cited.
One copy of an abbreviated (2 page) curriculum vitae or resume of all of the
people involved in the project.
A detailed budget listing specific expense categories (which may include stipend
or salary support for researchers). The Institute will consider budgets of up to
US$20,000 (US) to be used for direct research expenses only, and expects most
budget requests to fall between US$5,000 and $15,000.
A timeline for the research activity and completion of the project, with the
expectation that projects will last no more than 12 months.
Deadline for submission: 15 January, 2009. Decisions will be announced by 15 March, 2009.

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Contact Details
Proposals may be emailed, FAXed or mailed via any postal service or courier to: Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, School of Social Sciences, 3151 Social Sciences Plaza, University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-5100. Email: FAX: +1-949-824-2285

Questions may be emailed to: Telephone inquiries: +1-949-824-2284

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