The Charles Koch Foundation partners with social entrepreneurs to remove the barriers that prevent people from reaching their potential and supports research that explores the key issues of society and funding innovations in postsecondary education.
To that end, the foundation invites proposals for research and related projects aimed at bridging the gap between theory and practice and contributing to contemporary debates around important trade-policy issues. The foundation is especially interested in research related to the following topics:
Getting Our Approach to Trade with China Right: This includes examining the potential impact of China’s mega-initiatives on the United States, such as the Belt and Road Initiative or China’s large-scale investments in Africa. Efforts could be along economic, social, diplomatic, and/or security lines; exploring issues and topics related to U.S-China trade and foreign direct investment and implications for national security; examining how to better protect U.S. intellectual property in China and other markets; exploring the impact of Chinese tech theft and commercial espionage on American businesses; examining the real threat of China as compared to the threat claimed by domestic interest groups, businesses, think tanks, and the media; exploring opportunities for U.S.-China economic cooperation; and exploring the role of the WTO in dispute settlement.
National Industrial Policy: This includes assessing the historical track record of national industrial policy in the United States; conducting a comparative analysis of countries’ industrial policies, with a focus on possible lessons for the United States; and exploring alternative means of achieving the stated goals of national industrial policy, e.g., increasing innovation, productivity growth, unemployment gains, etc.
Free Trade and Flourishing: This includes examining the impact and value of free trade agreements, especially in comparison to managed trade agreements, and presenting solutions to any concentrated costs that free trade agreements may cause.
Please contact Daniel Hadley if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.