2024 SurveyCTO
Primary Data Collection
Research Grant

The grant is open to current PhD candidates using primary data collection to make an impact. Winners receive a $2,000 cash grant, a free year-long subscription to SurveyCTO, expert customer support, visibility for their project and co-marketing opportunities. 

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. 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 grant awardee will also receive:


As one of the grant awardees, you’ll receive a one-time $2,000 grant for research expenses related to your primary data collection during the 2024-2025 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, scholarly piece, or webinar. We’ll share your work with our audience and the broader survey research community.

Eligibility For The Grant

The SurveyCTO Data Collection Grant is open to current PhD candidates from around the world. Students whose research project aims to benefit underserved people from their home community are strongly encouraged to apply.

The review process

All applications will be 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? What steps are you taking to protect your data?

Research field and methods

Are you working in an ambitious field of research? Are you using novel or cutting-edge research methodologies?

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, and to cover related expenses including field travel costs like local transportation, data collection equipment purchases or rentals, enumerator or field assistant remuneration, enumerator training materials, field communication expenses, printing and stationery costs, and respondent incentives.

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 applicable to PhD 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 11:59PM ET/3:59AM UTC on September 30, 2024, 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 by the spring of 2025.

You’ll get the most value out of the grant if your project requires high volumes of primary 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.

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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