Building for the Future Initiative

The Building for the Future Initiative aims to enrich and broaden the perspectives that inform public policy recommendations in Europe. With support from the Open Society Foundations, OTT offers grants to selected student-led think tanks in Europe to promote new perspectives on European policy issues and policy research questions.

OTT will work with student-led think tanks across Europe during three cycles offering them a grant to (a) organise multi-regional events on key European policy issues, (b) join the School
for Thinktankers (c) participate in the OTT Conference. This initiative offers student-led think tanks a unique chance to:

  • Actively contribute to shaping policy discussions on a global stage.
  • Strengthen their networks by connecting with peers and global think tank leaders.
  • Access the OTT School for Thinktankers, providing valuable insights and support.
  • Showcase their perspectives at an international conference, fostering cross-cultural dialogue.
  • Promote inclusivity by encouraging consideration of diverse opinions and experiences.
  • Publish and disseminate ideas and findings through publications, contributing to knowledge exchange.
  • Position their organisations as leaders in the field by sharing valuable and relevant insights.
  • Develop empathetic skills by understanding the perspectives of other stakeholders or affected groups

Grant cycles

The initiative started in November 2023 and will end in October 2026.

Cycle 1: November 2023 – October 2024

Cycle 2: November 2024 – October 2025

Cycle 3: November 2025 – October 2026

Cycle 1 

Selected think tanks: