MAX RFP BOARD: WorkRise Seeks Pilot Projects to Strengthen Workers’ Economic Security and Mobility


From WorkRise:

WorkRise is pleased to announce a request for proposals for pilot projects that test and evaluate public- and private-sector interventions designed to improve the economic mobility of low-wage workers. The WorkRise 2022 Pilot Projects for Advancing Economic Mobility RFP will award up to $2.5 million in grants. The online application portal to submit a letter of inquiry will close on Friday, April 8th, 6:00 PM.

We invite you to attend an informational webinar on March 16 to learn more about this RFP. 

WorkRise funds scholars and practitioners on the frontiers of understanding and improving economic mobility in the US labor force, particularly mobility for workers in low-wage jobs, people of color, women, early-career workers, workers with disabilities, unemployed and underemployed people, and other historically disadvantaged segments of the labor force. For this RFP, we seek proposals for rigorously designed pilot studies. Projects that engage a diverse set of researchers, including scholars from under-resourced and traditionally underrepresented organizations and institutions, are strongly encouraged. WorkRise will prioritize pilots that:

  • leverage technology, data science, and machine learning to improve job search, hiring, or training;
  • improve job quality standards, especially at small- and medium-sized enterprises;
  • create alternative pathways into high-wage industries;
  • reskill workers at risk for displacement;
  • close digital skills gaps and the digital divide in support of worker economic mobility; or
  • bolster economic security embedded in employment and training contexts.

WorkRise’s definition of pilot studies includes both feasibility studies such as small-scale pilots to establish a proof of concept or determine whether a larger pilot should be pursued and fully developed, larger-scale pilots designed to identify specific quantitative or qualitative outcomes.

Application materials will be accepted through the WorkRise online application portal through April 8, 6:00 p.m. ET. Interested applicants should download the following documents to review the full RFP requirements and prepare their submissions for the online portal.

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