International call for research


With an exciting funding opportunity for academic research that will bring together scholars and investment practitioners, the PRI invites expressions of interest (EoI) for research building evidence and insight into which factors create successful investor-company engagement on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Up to £10,000 (equivalent) is available to support this internationally-focused research project.

The research should address the following key questions:

  • How can investors and companies constructively engage on ESG issues?
  • How effective are investor collaborations in engaging with companies on ESG issues and influencing corporate behaviour?

From the EoI, candidates will be shortlisted and one will be invited to submit a full proposal. The successful candidate will be provided with access to data from the PRI’s Collaboration Platform (formerly the Clearinghouse) and PRI coordinated collaborative engagements

The project is expected to start in August 2016 and be completed within 12 months.

Preference will be given to EoI’s submitted by teams with members in different regions of the world and with at least one academic and one investment practitioner. Multidisciplinary approaches are welcomed.

The deadline to submit expressions of interest is 3 July 2016.

For further information and to apply, please visit the academic research webpage of the PRI website or download the call for research.

Enquiries should be directed to:


Deadline for submitting expressions of interest 3 July 2016
Shortlisted candidates notified 15 July 2016
Interviews with shortlisted candidates End of July 2016
Selected candidate to submit full project proposal 15 August 2016
Research project starts End of August 2016
Interim report (1) data focus Mid-December 2016
Interim report (2) early insights focus Mid-May 2017
Interim article for PRI May 2017
Final report deadline 14 July 2017
Peer review - academic and research user/practitioner By end of July 2017
Deadline for submitting report with reviewers comments addressed 11 August 2017
Presentation at PRI in Person, Berlin September 2017
Article for the PRI September 2017