Funding

P&I and contributors seek to study different funding environments, funding actors (national and international) and funding models/mechanisms/channels, and understand how these affect opportunities for research and evidence to inform policymaking processes.

 

Join the ride: a short course on re thinking funding models within the Evolving Think Tanks Series

[Editor’s Note: As part of the Evolving Think Tanks Series of the On Think Tanks School, P&I team will deliver the short course “Re-thinking your...Read More »


Working on your funding model: more ideas from our course

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series of reflections from participants and facilitators of the Online training “Re thinking funding models”, supported by the Think Tank Fund and the Think Tank Initiative.]

 

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Re think your funding model: challenge the assumption and move away from the comfort zone

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Maria Stratan, from the Institute for Public Policies in the Republic of Moldova. It is part of a series of reflections from participants and facilitators of the Online training “Re thinking funding...Read More »

What concerns think-tankers about their funding models?

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series of reflections from participants and facilitators of the Online training “Re thinking funding models”, supported by the Think Tank Fund and the Think Tank Initiative.]

 

As we...Read More »


Sustainability of funding models: what can it really mean?

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series of reflections from participants and facilitators of the Online training “Re thinking funding models”, supported by the Think Tank Fund and the Think Tank Initiative..]

 

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Is your funding model a good friend to your research?

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that looks into think tank funding models. It is based on a course that Politics & Ideas has delivered to a group of think tanks in Central Eastern Europe and Nepal]

When think tank managers and members are worried about...Read More »


The Dollars and Sense of Ethical Practices in Think Tanks

[Editor’s Note: This post was written by Ruth Levine, Program Director, Global Development and Population Program, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and it was originally published at Research to Action. ]

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Teamwork: working with Management, Trustees and Donors to raise funds

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that looks into think tank funding models. It is based on a course that Politics & Ideas has delivered to a group of think tanks in Central Eastern Europe and Nepal]

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The Fundraising Cycle: building from an opportunity to a long-term relationship

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that looks into think tank funding models. It is based on a course that Politics & Ideas has delivered to a group of think tanks in Central Eastern Europe and Nepal]

Outlining a strategy for fundraising entails understanding the process from...Read More »


Investing your funds...acknowledging your priorities

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that will look at think tank funding models. It is based on an online course that had been delivered to think tanks in CEE and Nepal under the Think Tank Fund´s support, led by Vanesa Weyrauch and Tomás Garzón de la...Read More »


The Fundraising Function : how do you organise it and why?

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[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that will look at think tank funding models. It is based on an online course that is currently being offered to think tanks in CEE and Nepal under the Think...Read More »


Funding and research: a difficult matchmaking

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that will look at think tank funding models. It is based on an online course that is currently being offered to think tanks in CEE and Nepal under the Think Tank Fund´s support, led by Vanesa Weyrauch and Tomás Garzón de...Read More »


Communications and fund raising: a close relationship

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that will look at think tank funding models. It is based on a course that is currently under development.]

 

Fund raising and communications processes are extremely linked in the work of think tanks. Most of the time, we do both things at...Read More »


What is a successful funding model?

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series that will look at think tank funding models. It is based on a course that is currently under development.]

At Politics & Ideas, we are currently working to understand how different think tanks have sorted out the funding question. This is an...Read More »


Making Transparency Transparent: What We Learnt

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Hans Gutbrod, coordinator of Transparify, which advocates for greater think tank transparency.] 

In recent months, Transparify has been advocating for think tanks to become more transparent about who funds them. We

At Politics & Ideas, we are working to put together an online course focused on understanding funding models that think tanks employ around the world, and their implications. Our assumption is that different funding schemes (e.g. through contracts, core funds and/or project funds) can have fundamental implications on the way...Read More »


Why is changing donor-driven research agendas so hard?

Funding is one of the pillars of our research agenda, because it is a hassle both for the recipients as for the givers since matching the interests of both is not always an easy task. There is a growing interest in organizations that develop research and ideas for policy,...Read More »


Governmental research funding frameworks in Latin America

How is governmental funding of think tanks in Latin America structured, and how does this affect them? Martin Lardone and Marcos Roggero answer this question in their study El rol del Estado en el financiamiento de la investigación sobre políticas públicas en América Latina, based...Read More »


Common funding myths: lessons from Nigeria

The sources from which think tanks get their funding from may present different challenges and scenarios. More often than not, these can turn into stereotypes which may not always be true: for instance, government funding may not always undermine think tank independence, while private funding may not always ensure it....Read More »


Involving the private sector in funding ideas: planning a fundraising event (part 2)

Editor’s note: this post was jointly written with María Laffaire, responsible for individual funders at CIPPEC’s Institutional Development Direction, and was fed with inputs from Inés Lanz, Director of Communication at Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina.

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Involving the private sector in funding ideas: planning a fundraising event (part 1)

Editor’s note: this post was jointly written with María Laffaire, responsible for individual funders at CIPPEC’s Institutional Development Direction, and was fed with inputs from Inés Lanz, Director of Communication at Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina.

The diversification of funding sources is a growing concern among many organizations dedicated to research, whether...Read More »


Global research organisations, foreign funding and absent states: the health research agenda in Peru

In the academic world, little attention has been paid to how the priorities and agendas of global research organisations, along with their funding mechanisms, affect research projects in developing countries where there is a lack of state interest in research. Globalized Research and ‘‘National Science’’: The Case of Peru, by...Read More »