2023 SurveyCTO
Primary Data Collection
Research Grant

Grant applications for 2023 are now closed. Click below to meet the awardees.

Data collection is challenging.
We want to help.

The team at Dobility (creators of SurveyCTO) was formed by field researchers and data collection practitioners who remember the struggle of piecing together funding as graduate students. We’d like to provide this grant to defray some of the costs associated with data collection fieldwork, and provide a free one-year subscription to SurveyCTO accompanied by our 24/7 professional support.

The Grant Award

One year SurveyCTO subscription

The grant also includes a free annual subscription to SurveyCTO (a $2,376 value). The subscription includes: 

Unlimited storage: store images, videos, audio audits, and any other data you collect alongside form submissions

Unlimited forms: deploy survey forms, instruments, or questionnaires to collect data

Unlimited users and devices: bring on as many collaborators or field researchers as you like – and use as many mobile devices as you need

10,000 form submissions per month: use SurveyCTO to collect up to 10,000 data entries each month or up to 120,000 submissions throughout the year. The number of submissions can be adjusted according to the researcher's needs.

The grant awardee will also receive:


As one of the grant awardees, you’ll receive a one-time minimum $2,000 grant for research expenses related to your primary data collection during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Access to our expert support team

As an awardee, you’ll receive full access to our customer support team and SurveyCTO experts for 24/7 assistance. You’ll get a kickoff call with the SurveyCTO team of data collection experts to help you set up SurveyCTO in the best way possible for your research project.

Visibility for your research project

As an awardee, you’ll have the opportunity to promote your research in the form of a case study, article, or scholarly piece. We’ll share your work with our audience and the broader research community.

Eligibility For The Grant

The SurveyCTO Data Collection Grant is available to all graduate candidates from research programs across the US and globally.

The review process

All applications will be blindly assessed by a committee within Dobility. Each application will be ranked based on several criteria, including:


Who will your research impact? Will your research have cultural, environmental, economic, social, or policy impact?

Your approach to innovation

How have you designed the study? How will you protect your research subjects and the data you collect?

Feasibility of the project

How likely is your project to reach its stated goal?

Use of grant funds

Grant awardees can use funds to directly support fieldwork and data collection. As a large part of the award includes a one-year subscription to the SurveyCTO platform, grant awardees may use the accompanying stipend to support fieldwork in conjunction with the platform. Awardees may not use funds for costs unrelated to data collection, like travel, or indirect costs.

What is SurveyCTO?

SurveyCTO is a powerful data collection solution for CAPI and CATI. It’s a flexible, low-code solution for researchers, with a wide range of data quality-promoting features.

This grant is especially applicable to graduate candidates who are planning to carry out a primary data collection-heavy project. 

The platform was born out of founder Dr. Christopher Robert’s experience as a researcher on Harvard-based development economics projects in Tamil Nadu, South India. Since then, we’ve used our experiences as researchers to embed best practices in research and data collection within the tool.

Leading universities and research institutions in over 165 countries use SurveyCTO. They include Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), World Bank Group, Stanford University, University of Michigan, Georgetown University, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and NORC at the University of Chicago.

Please visit our blog to view our 2023 Research Grant Recipients

Meet SurveyCTO's 2023 Research Grant Recipients

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications close at midnight Eastern Time (ET) on October 13, 2023, and we will select the awardees soon after. 

The grant awardees will write a case study, article, or scholarly piece, to be published on the SurveyCTO blog on their research in the spring of 2024.

You’ll get the most value out of the grant if your project requires high volumes of data collection. If you’re in doubt about the level of data collection involved in your project, please contact info@surveycto.com.

Grant awardees may use the accompanying funds for expenses directly related to research fieldwork and data collection using the SurveyCTO platform.

No. SurveyCTO’s user-friendly interface is easy for anyone to use. The platform provides easy-to-use tools to build complex forms and workflows, form design freedom and power with plug-in functionality, sophisticated quality controls, and features to monitor, visualize, and share data securely and with ease.

As part of the award, you’ll have access to SurveyCTO’s 24/7 professional support team which provides detailed and timely research and troubleshooting support.

See this blog post to learn more about the 12 recipients of the 2021 research grant and their projects, and this blog post to learn more about the 11 recipients of the 2022 research grant.  

The best way to get in touch with us is by sending an email to info@surveycto.com. Please include “SurveyCTO Data Collection Research Grant” in the email subject.

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