Niti Research Grant supports different researchers and research institutions dedicated in policy arena to develop unconventional approaches to address one or more of the aforementioned public policy issues. The research grant supports work that initiates deep conversation on these challenges and stimulate innovative solutions to break new ground in Nepal’s public policy process.
Niti’s research grant might also be used to identify policy problems that have remained unrecognized in the past or to approach problems in new ways. Niti research grant supports sharp and focused ideas that have potential to create high impact on Nepal’s public policy discourse and socio-economic transformation. Niti also intends to use the research grant to question its assumptions, sharpen its direction and develop it as a premier policy institution in Nepal.
Niti further takes innovation as any new program, product, idea, or initiative that profoundly changes the basic routines and authority flows or beliefs of a particular society or of a country. Successful innovations have durability and a broad impact, and lead to systemic change. As a funding institution, Niti will always look for such innovative and bright ideas. Niti will fund and promote such ground breaking researches and bring it into life.
- Previewing NASC Curriculum:
A grant of was made to Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC), the only government agency that provides in-service trainings to public officials. With Niti’s grant, NASC reviewed its existing curriculum to add a stronger public policy component. This grant was made in order to influence policy making on democratic value base discourse among the Nepali bureaucrats.
- Inventory of Private-Public-Community Partnership:
A grant was made to Nepal Economic Forum (NEF), a non-profit organization, to conduct a quick inventory of past community involvement in public or private investments made in selected sectors, including hydropower and education. The objective of the study was to initiate a discourse on establishing the Center for Private-Public- Community Partnership that seeks to identify and promote models for effective and sustainable interactions between the three essential stakeholders – the private, the public, and the community.