Global Voices for Open Trade Grant

November 15 2022
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Global Voices for Open Trade

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.

Addressing this problem, the Global Voices for Open Trade grant program provides up to US$32,000 in funding to partners with 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.

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.

The Global Voices for Open Trade grant opportunity, generously supported by the John Templeton Foundation, is eligible to both international and United States partners.

We favor organizations who participate in the Atlas Network Academy and, in particular, those who have completed Think Tank Fundamentals and Think Tank Theory & Practice, which are both free online courses offered within the Academy.

Our 2022 deadlines will be February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15.

Questions? Contact Our Institute Relations team is always happy to provide feedback on grant applications before they are submitted.