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Commissioned Papers are expected to address a variety of high profile trade, competitiveness or domestic policy problems or issues. They should be problem focused and there relevance can be established by: 1) developing a theoretical component that helps the understanding and analysis of an issue/problem; 2) using appropriate data to better understand a problem/issue; 3) developing and discussing policy options for a specific problem/issue; 4) developing and discussing alternative institutional frameworks to deal with a problem/issue; 5) analyzing comparative results from another country or jurisdiction that sheds light on a problem/issue; or 6) a synthesis of the current literature to better frame the crucial gaps in knowledge required to better understand or analyze a current problem/issue.

Expected Outputs:

The CATPRN commissioned papers will be published on the CATPRN web site and presented at the CATPRN annual workshop. The quality of the CATPRN commissioned papers is expected to be comparable to a paper accepted by a good quality applied economics journal.

A separate Trade Policy Brief (4 page maximum) must be written by the authors that explains the relevance and findings of their work to a non-professional audience.

The commissioned paper and the trade policy brief will be posted on the CATPRN web site and circulated to policy makers and researchers.

Authors of commissioned papers are encouraged to submit their findings to professional journals, to make presentations at professional meetings and to stakeholders.


Proposals will be accepted from network members at any time. In addition, the executive committee may ask network members to prepare a commissioned paper on a specific topic at any time. The goal is to commission 3-6 papers per year.

Proposals should not exceed five type written pages. The proposal should contain at least the following sections: 1) team members, 2) objective, 3) issue addressed and the importance of the issue, 4) research procedures, and 5) budget.

Selection Criteria:

The key criteria are: 1) the commissioned paper is focused on a high priority Canadian policy or competitiveness problem/issue; 2) the study team has the expertise to provide new insight on the issue; and 3) the study team can deliver the commissioned paper and trade policy brief on time.

A key purpose of the commissioned paper program is to allow network members to work together in teams of 2-4 individuals. A project leader must be specified for each commissioned paper.

A graduate student may be a member of the team but each team should be dominated by CATPRN members. Not more than one member of the team should be from outside the network, excluding graduate students.

Selection Process:

The selection committee will consist of two members of the executive committee, and outside evaluators when necessary.

Review Process:

Each commissioned paper will be reviewed by two network members or outside experts.


The budget for preparing commissioned papers is expected to be in the range of $4,000 to $6,000 depending on the topic and the size of the study team. It would be rare to fund a project with a budget greater than $6,000.

In general, honorariums will not be paid to network members for preparing commissioned papers.

Funding is provided primarily for team members to meet face-to-face, for up to two team members to travel to the annual workshop and for direct expenses.