Grants of up to $250,000 available for researchers through CIGI-INET’s Spring 2012 Program

News Release

Declan Kelly Eric J. Weiner
May 1, 2012
CIGI-INET Research Grants

Waterloo, ON, and New York, NY, May 1, 2012 — The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) are accepting research proposals for their joint Spring 2012 Grant Program, with grants ranging in value from $25,000 to $250,000.

This will be the fourth cycle of research grants to be issued under the program. To date, the organizations have awarded $17.8 million in grants since the program’s initial Fall 2010 round.

CIGI and INET seek to create an environment nourished by open discourse and to empower the next generation of scholars with the necessary support to accelerate and advance new and important thinking on economic issues. Grants will be awarded primarily to individuals or teams affiliated with academic institutions, think tanks, and other centres of vital research worldwide. CIGI and INET encourage scholars from around the world in economics as well as in related fields, such as political science, sociology, anthropology, history, and the physical sciences, to submit grant proposals.

In this round, CIGI and INET are primarily seeking to support research that is focused on four broad themes that are complementary to the organizations’ other activities and forthcoming research programs. The four key areas of research are: financial instability and macroeconomic management; the political economy of income and wealth distribution and inequality dynamics; governance of the international monetary and financial systems; and innovation.

While these are the key areas in which proposals will be funded, CIGI and INET will give due consideration to any proposal that is consistent with our mission of furthering new economic thinking.

Grant proposals are due by June 14, 2012. A research jury will review first stage applications and in early August will issue invitations for those with the most promising proposals to submit complete applications by early September 2012. Grants will be awarded by early November 2012. 

For detailed information regarding the grant program and application process, please visit or email [email protected].

Eric J. Weiner, Senior Editor and Director of Communications, INET
Tel: 212.493.3327, Email: [email protected]

Declan Kelly, Communications Specialist, CIGI

Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7356, Email: [email protected]

The Institute for New Economic Thinking was created in 2009 to broaden and accelerate the development of a new field of economic thought that will lead to real world solutions to the great challenges of the 21st century. The havoc wrought by our recent global financial crisis has vividly demonstrated the deficiencies in our outdated economic theories and shown the need for new economic thinking – right now. INET is supporting this fundamental shift by directly funding research, building a powerful network of economic scholars, and spreading the word about the need for change. INET is a global community of thousands of new economic thinkers, ranging from Nobel Prize-winning economists to teachers and students, all attracted by the promise of a free and open economic discourse. For more information, please visit

The Centre for International Governance Innovation is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit

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