The critical situation of research funding in today’s Europe is simply all too evident. While the European Commission funds large collaborative networks in applied economics, governments facing austerity have drastically reduced their support to small-scale research programmes.
As stated in the Association’s Statute, STOREP’s main aim is to promote the diffusion and to deepen the understanding of the history of economic thought and political economy, also through the institution of research grants. But STOREP has always been a home for scholars willing to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective while working on the frontier of economics, as well as, in general, for heterodox economists.
Aware of the difficulties STOREP members encounter, due to lack of financial resources, even in presenting their own researches at the Annual Conference, the Executive Committee decided for the launch, in 2016, of a series of grants (of 2,000 EUR each, funded from the budget; from 2020 onwards, one annual grant of 3,000 EUR) – called “STOREPgrants” – for innovative small-scale research projects.
Following a call for applications published on this website, specifying rules and deadlines for submitting proposals, STOREP finances, on a competitive basis, research projects (by STOREP members) that fall into one or more of the following three categories:
- research projects in the history of political economy, the history of economic thought, and the history of economics,
- research projects exploring economic issues on an interdisciplinary basis,
- research projects explicitly promoting heterodox approaches to economic theory.
Proposals are scrutinized on their quality and relevance by a selection committee composed of three members nominated by the Executive Committee, avoiding any conflict of interest. In the event that the selection committee considers none of the proposal worthy of funding, the grant budget is retained for the next year.
Awards recipients must commit themselves to publicly illustrate the results of their research by presenting a full paper in the coming STOREP Conferences, and to submit it for publication in the STOREPapers Series.
Winners receive 50% of the funding when the proposal is accepted, and 50% after submitting their paper for presentation in the STOREP Annual Conference.
Winning recipients (2017-2019)
2019, Katia Caldari (Università di Padova) and Muriel Dal Pont Legrand (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis)
“A Think-Tank in disguise? Role and influences of the French CGP”
2019, Massimiliano Vatiero
Università di Trento e Università della Svizzera italiana
“An historical research on the meaning of transaction in transaction cost economics”
2018, Cosma Orsi
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
“No One Should Have Less. James Edward Meade’s Social Dividend”
2018, Michela Ciccotosto
Università di Torino
“A Survey of Economics Teaching at Italian Universities”
2017, Paolo Silvestri
Università di Torino
“Theories of Tax Justice: Between Exchange and Gift”