IMTFI Call for Proposals

The Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at the University of California, Irvine is soliciting proposals for original scholarly research on mobile money services and platforms, the harnessing of new and existing social and technological infrastructures to promote savings and other forms of value storage and the facilitation of payments at scale for poor people in the developing world.

For this call, IMTFI is most keenly interested in the following broad topics:

· cash and cashlessness

· mobile money as a distribution channel for other services, and other product distribution channels

as a gateway or opportunity space for mobile money

· mobile technologies for payments (at the point of sale and/or remotely)

· data, privacy and the new information ecosystem being developed around mobile money

· tradeoffs between store of value and medium of exchange capability

· regulatory and policy innovations for mobile money

· interoperability

· the connection between mobile money and other infrastructures and systems (government and

· private entities, utilities and networked distribution channels, etc.)

· gender, development and mobile finances

· market failures in electronic or mobile payments, the misuses of mobile services

(e.g. in ways that disrupt rather than improve people’s lives, from fraud to use of mobile money

services for frivolous or destructive purposes)

For proposal details and guidelines, please go to:

Mailing address:

3151 Social Sciences Plaza

School of Social Sciences
Irvine, CA 92697-5100

tel:(949) 824-2284
fax:(949) 824-2285