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Competition Policy and Power Research Fund

Call for proposals

The monopoly power, or excessive market power, of the world’s largest corporations, has expanded rapidly over the last few decades, increasing in terms of revenue, market capitalisation, and asset ownership.

The Competition Policy and Power Research Fund aims to promote research that will help combat excessive market power by bridging gaps in current knowledge and supporting practical advances and innovations in the use of competition and anti-trust tools.

In this inaugural Call for Proposals, we seek applications from civil society and academic organisations for research grants on competition policy and concentrated corporate power. The proposed projects should show how the research can concretely advance the anti-monopoly agenda.

Read the full Call for Proposals (French and Spanish versions available below)

  • Call for proposals – Competition Policy and Power Research Fund (pdf, 170.22 KB)

Applications from all countries and regions are welcome, and we will seek to award research grants to a broad diversity of applicants.

Grant awards will be up to a maximum of USD 60,000, although we do not expect all proposals to reach this amount. We encourage proposals that seek smaller amounts of funding for specific research initiatives.

All applications should be submitted by 30 April to The application form can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. We encourage applicants to follow word lengths for each section strictly. All successful applicants will be invited to present their research at an international conference to be held in 2025.

Selection criteria

We will prioritize proposals which meet the following criteria:

Steering Committee

The Competition Policy and Power Research Fund is hosted by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) and overseen by a Steering Committee comprising:

Members of the Committee
Audrey Gaughran, Executive Director, Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations Michelle Meagher, competition law specialist and Founder of the Balanced Economy Project
Professor Thando Vilakazi, Director, Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development, University of Johannesburg Maria Luisa Stasi, Head of Law and Policy for digital markets at ARTICLE 19
Helena Malikova, Fellow at Hertie School Professor Simon Roberts, School of Economics, University of Johannesburg
Professor Nicolo Zingales, School of Law, Fundação Getulio Vargas Rio de Janeiro Elizabeth Frantz and Vera Franz of Open Society Foundations act as advisors to the Steering Committee.

Adjudicating panel members

  • Dr. Andrew McLean

    Edinburgh University, UK
  • Dr. Anna Rita Bennato

    Loughborough University, UK
  • Dr. Ben Wood

    Deakin University, Australia
  • Professor Giorgio Monti

    Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, Netherlands
  • Professor Ioannis Lianos

    University College London, UK
  • Professor Juan David Gutiérrez

    Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • Dr. Kati Cseres

    Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance, Netherlands
  • Dr. Maria Fernanda Viecens

    Center for Technology and Society Studies (CETyS), Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina
  • Professor Thomas Cheng

    University of Hong Kong
  • Vanessa Turner

    Senior Advisor, Competition, BEUC (The European Consumer Organisation)
  • Ms Yasmin Carrim

    Acting Judge, High Court of South Africa, former member Competition Tribunal of South Africa

Apply now!

Are you interested in applying? Please make sure to read the full call for proposals for the criteria and download the application form below to submit your application.

All applications should be submitted by 30 April to

This call for proposals is supported by the Open Society Foundations.


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If you have any further questions on the call, please send them to

Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

All applicants will be asked to complete a disclosure form notifying the Competition Policy and Power Research Fund about relationships with the Fund and/or individuals on the Adjudicating Panel.

French and Spanish applications

We accept applications in English, Spanish, and French. Call for proposals and application forms in Spanish and French are available to download below.

If you wish to submit the application in any other language, kindly get in touch with us.

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