Benefits of Membership
Benefits of being an ARTNeT member include:
Types of Membership
- Improved regional dissemination of your own research to policy makers through ARTNeT website, UNESCAP publications, and ARTNeT meetings,
- Networking with other trade researchers and institutions,
- Enhanced opportunities to participate in ARTNeT research projects and projects from relevant international institutions, and
- Opportunities to participate in technical training workshops for junior researchers and other capacity building activities
Membership is categorized into three types:
- Core Partners: ARTNeT core partners are governmental or intergovernmental institutions who provide significant and regular support to ARTNeT activities in the form of financial contributions, expertise and substantive inputs for research. ARTNeT core partners include the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Additional information on core partners may be accessed via: http://www.unescap.org/tid/artnet/partner.asp
- Associate Partners: Associate partners are international or regional institutions and think tanks who participate in ARTNeT activities or collaborate with ARTNeT and its Secretariat e.g., for organization of capacity building activities or consultative policy meetings; joint research projects; sharing and cross - dissemination of research outputs. Associate partners may include governmental, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations with recognized trade-related programmes. Associate partner institutions are not expected to apply for ARTNeT research grants. Additional information on associate partners may be accessed via: http://www.unescap.org/tid/artnet/partner.asp
- Institutional Members: Institutional members are research institutions, think tanks or research-related government departments from the least developed, landlocked and low-income developing countries of the Asia-Pacific region, with an established record in high quality research but in need for capacity building and bridging the gap in communicating with policy makers.
ARTNeT Institutional Members are national-level research and academic institutions involved in trade research and located in ESCAP member countries. Institutions who receive funding from ARTNeT directly or indirectly (e.g., if they receive a research grant, or if they receive financial support for participation in workshop or other ARTNeT activities) automatically become members for a period of one year. Additional information on existing institutional members may be accessed via: http://www.unescap.org/tid/artnet/member.asp
Individual researchers are invited to contribute to ARTNeT activities by submitting their research or taking part in other activities.
Interested research institutions are invited to send a letter or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to the ARTNeT Secretariat (addressed to Mr. Ravi Ratnayake, Director, Trade and Investment Division, ESCAP) indicating their interest in becoming a member of the network, along with the following:
- A half-page institutional profile, including a list of relevant staff;
- A list of recent trade or investment related research (past 2 years or more);
- A copy of the institution most recent trade-related research study or a short-term research proposal on a topic consistent with the ARTNeT research programme, and;
- Name and contact information of the person from your institution (typically at senior researcher or manager level) who will be the contact person/focal point for ARTNeT.
Each application will be reviewed by the ARTNeT Secretariat and its Institutional Advisory Board within three weeks of receipt of the documents for approval. Once the membership application has been approved, the institution will automatically be granted ARTNeT membership when either of the two actions are completed:
Important Note: Research institutions from developed and/ or developing countries are strongly encouraged to obtain membership by participating in calls for short-term research proposals and call for papers that are issued on an ongoing basis. Individual researchers can also apply for research grants, although priority is accorded to those affiliated with institutional members of ARTNeT.
- The research institution participates in its first ARTNeT activity/event or contributes its first paper/study or;
- The research institution contributes a significant input on trade research or capacity building
There are no restrictions in the number of ARTNeT members per country.
To maintain their membership, all institutional members have to participate in at least one ARTNeT activity/event annually or contribute at least one paper/study/ other significant and relevant input on trade research to the ARTNeT research and capacity building programme every 12 months.
All ARTNeT Members are required to provide a link to the ARTNeT website from their institutional website.