Carnegie Corporation of New York: Reimagining Multilateralism

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 21st century continues to evolve, there is a need to reimagine existing multilateral approaches to critical transnational challenges.

The Reimagining Multilateralism initiative will support 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 21st 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 under-appreciated, 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?

Proposals must:

* Involve collaborations between U.S. and foreign experts.
* Include participation by experts from underrepresented communities in the project team and/or project activities. We also encourage inclusion of early-career and/or mid-career experts.
* Demonstrate practical significance and a viable path for policy adoption.
* Clearly identify stakeholders and key audiences with a dissemination plan that uses appropriate channels.

Amount: Awards are offered through the following categories: Small grants: Awards range up to $200,000; Large grants: Awards range from $200,000-$500,000. Projects may run for up to 24 months.

Eligibility: Think tanks, university-based centers, and independent nongovernmental organizations. Organizations must be based in the United States, though they are strongly encouraged to have international partners.

Deadline: March 15, 2021.

Resource Information
Funder Carnegie Corporation of New York
Eligibility Institutes of Higher Education, Nonprofit Organization
Resource URL:
Sector COVID-19 Emergency Response, Education
Grant Amount $0-$500,000
Deadline March 15, 2021