Concentrating on five key research themes, Phase II of the PSPPD produced a number of policy-relevant research projects through its two main grant processes, the Call for Proposals (CfP) and Low Value Grants (LVGs).
The grant awards were made to individual researchers within academic institutions and to the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), which is a statutory body responsible for social science research in South Africa. The beneficiaries retain intellectual property of their work but were expected to engage with policy-makers on their research questions and findings. As with Phase I, the researchers were encouraged to make extensive use of the data from the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) to analyse their areas of interest.
The three specific grant processes which were run in parallel were:
- Call for Proposals 1: Working towards eliminating poverty and reducing inequality: addressing the implementation challenge
- Call for Proposals 2: Addressing the poverty and inequality challenge
- Low Value Grants: Research using the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) and NIDS data Waves 1, 2 and 3
The programme also carried out a separate research project on inequality in South Africa, which includes discrete pieces of research exploring the structural drivers of inequality in South Africa.