Virtual Event



WorkRise 2021 Request for Proposals: Informational Webinar

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm


Join WorkRise for an informational webinar to learn more about our 2021 request for proposals (RFP) process and goals.

Through the 2021 RFP, WorkRise will invest up to $2.5 million in research to develop rigorous evidence to inform and drive action toward accelerating economic mobility and expanding opportunity for workers earning low wages, particularly workers of color and others who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 economic crisis. We seek to fund both foundational research projects that better define the economic challenges facing vulnerable workers as well as research on promising solutions—policies, practices, and programs—that build pathways for strengthening economic mobility and opportunity. WorkRise also seeks to support studies of pilot initiatives or other innovative programs that foster collaboration between researchers and employers, government agencies, advocates, or nonprofits.

WorkRise seeks applications from researchers and research teams that are diverse across several dimensions: race and ethnicity, gender, institution, geography, academic discipline, and career stage. Research teams from Minority Serving Institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Elisabeth Jacobs, Deputy Director, WorkRise, and Senior Fellow, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute
  • Caleb Quakenbush, Policy Program Manager, Urban Institute



This event was supported by the funders of WorkRise.

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