Atlas Network is excited to announce the launch of the Global Voices for Open Trade grant opportunity. This grant project is generously supported by the John Templeton Foundation. Both international and United States partners are eligible to apply.

For decades it appeared the debate surrounding free trade was settled. While most other topics in economics can often be cast in an ideological or political light, on the topic of international trade, everyone from Paul Krugman to Milton Friedman points to the critical role of trade in achieving prosperity.  Despite this, we have seen an alarming rise in anti-trade rhetoric and economic protectionism in recent years.

That is why Atlas Network has launched its Global Voices for Open Trade grant program, which will provide six grants of $32,000 to Atlas Network partners each year for research and education projects designed to quantify the benefits of unilateral free trade policies and/or targeted reforms for the local/national economy. Projects can include research and dissemination efforts, media outreach that increases local understanding of free trade, and research that quantifies the consequences of trade.

Grantees selected for the Global Voices for Open Trade program will be accepted to participate in our annual Global Trade Collaboratories in 2019, 2020, and 2021 in New York City, where grantees and trade experts will engage in a facilitated, multi-day experience to boost their project’s chances for success.  

We invite creative, visionary thinking on how best to advance a free trade agenda. The following prompts are designed to inspire such thinking, not constrain it. We welcome any proposal that represents your deepest convictions about what will be most effective in your country. That said, we anticipate funding projects that tackle one or more of the following:

  • Quantify the net benefits of unilateral free trade policies, particularly in relation to communities living in poverty;

  • Target the media, political class, grassroots, and trade authorities with a compelling message of economic success via free competition;

  • Identify and tell stories of the elite beneficiaries and disenfranchised victims of cronyism and corrupt trade policies, as well as the stories of those who benefit from free trade; and

  • Quantify the effects of developed countries’ domestic subsidies on specific low-income economies in developing parts of the world.

Questions? Contact Casey.Pifer@atlasnetwork.org or Vale.Sloane@atlasnetwork.org. Our Institute Relations team is always happy to provide feedback on grant applications before they are submitted.