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Templeton Freedom Award

The Templeton Freedom Award annually honors a think tank that has made an exceptional contribution to the understanding of free enterprise, and the public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation and human fulfillment via free competition. All applicants to the Templeton Freedom Award are also considered for the Regional Liberty Award for their region.

To be considered for a Templeton Freedom Award, organizations must complete the full Application Form. While we are happy to receive applications that focus on long-running projects, our judges will prioritize those applications that can document impact that has been achieved within the last two years. As such, eligible think tanks compete on the basis of whether one of its specific projects (or its larger body of work) has a demonstrable and measurable impact in the following areas:

• Achieved strategic impact (in areas of policy impact, social impact, academic impact, media impact, student impact, etc.).

• Made innovative contributions to the field of free enterprise education and policy research.

• Laid the groundwork for future progress in improving countries’ scores in rankings of economic freedom (e.g., The Index of Economic Freedom or the Economic Freedom of the World report).

The winner of the 2020 Templeton Freedom Award will receive $100,000 and be honored at the Atlas Network Freedom Dinner. Five additional finalists will receive $20,000 prizes and travel support to attend the Freedom Dinner.

The deadline to submit this application is February 15, 2020.

The Templeton Freedom Award is the most prestigious award within the Templeton Freedom Award Prize program, which includes the Africa Liberty Award, Asia Liberty Award, Europe Liberty Award, Latin America Liberty Award, North America Liberty Award, and Middle East & North Africa Liberty Award. All applicants to the Templeton Freedom Award are automatically considered for the Regional Liberty Award associated with their region. The Templeton Freedom Award Prize Program awards $270,000 in prizes each year and is generously sponsored by the Templeton Religion Trust.