The Asia Foundation will select a number of local organizations each round to receive Emerging Research Fund to conduct discrete pieces of quality research with policy relevance either at local or national level. There will be three rounds of fund throughout the Ponlok Chomnes Program.

The Emerging Research Fund competition aims to support any organizations doing action research or working on diverse development issues that impact policy, particularly, nascent, traditionally under-represented, and/or smaller organizations. This effort will give visibility and voice to a broad and diverse pool of potential recipients to propose innovative research and are ultimately able to produce quality research, particularly on issues that may not be areas of focus for larger, more established organizations.

During the Expression of Interest (EOI) for Emerging Research Fund (ROUND ONE), four institutions have been identified. They include:

The Emerging Research Fund (ROUND TWO) will be announced soon.