From pandemics and climate change to disruptive technologies and other emerging risks, it is a truism that most of today’s global threats cannot be addressed effectively without collective action. The failure of international responses to COVID-19 is only the most recent and dramatic example of the inability of long-standing cooperative mechanisms and institutions to withstand the pressures of nationalism, protectionism, and broader structural and systemic deficiencies. As the nature of security in the twenty-first century continues to evolve, there is a need to reimagine existing multilateral approaches to critical transnational challenges.
To help address the challenge, the Carnegie Corporation of New York has issued a call for proposals for projects that provide insights and practical approaches for addressing one or more of the following questions:
- How might the system of international institutions be reimagined and/or reinvigorated to better respond to twenty-first-century security challenges, including those that threaten global health, climate, privacy, and civic well-being?
- What are the pros/cons/utility of different forms of multilateralism for different purposes (e.g. formal vs. informal, small vs. large, narrow vs. broad, regional vs. global, like-minded vs. mixed, major powers only vs. a broader set of powers)?
- How could international institutions adapt to better reflect and manage ongoing shifts in economic, military, and political power among global actors, especially in the context of China’s rise?
- What lessons should be learned from high-functioning regional organizations or international accords?
- How might critical, yet underappreciated, flashpoints (geographic, economic, technological, etc.) be managed through multilateral approaches? Could these approaches be applied more broadly?
- How should potential tradeoffs between national interests and collective security be managed?
Projects eligible for a grant may run for up to twenty-four months. Applicants may submit a proposal in one of two categories: grants of up to $200,000 or grants of between $200,000 and $500,000. Grants will be onetime funding.
Eligible applicants include think tanks, university-based centers, and independent nongovernmental organizations based in the United States (though they are strongly encouraged to have international partners). Proposals must be submitted by an organization; individual researchers working on their own projects are not eligible for consideration. Special consideration will be given to institutions and experts not currently funded by the corporation.
Projects may build on past or current work but must represent an expansion or evolution of that work. In addition, all proposals must involve collaborations between U.S. and foreign experts and include participation by experts from underrepresented communities in the project team and/or project activities.
Initial concept notes are due by March 15. (Only one concept note per organization will be considered.) Finalists will be contacted by April 15. Larger grants (above $200,000) will be recommended for support at the September 2021 board of trustees meeting. Smaller grants ($200,000 or less) might be recommended for support earlier in 2021.
For additional information, including detailed application instructions, see the Carnegie Corportaion of New York website.