The Competitive Grants Program (CGP) is the largest capacity development project for policy analysis established by the Pakistan Strategy Support Program. This project was initiated as a building block for the new Framework for Growth established by the Planning Commission of Pakistan in 2011 and implemented in the country with the help of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In 2014, the CGP has come to support the Vision 2025 growth strategy of the Planning Commission
The objective of this program is to involve the academic community of Pakistan in developing research based policy that can lead to more sustained economic growth. The Planning Commission hopes for this program to build investment from the academic community in policy development in support of the new growth framework. This can eventually further establish a new knowledge base for social science research in Pakistan. Fostering innovation within the academic and policy-oriented research community of Pakistan is vital to the new framework of growth strategy. The aim of the CGP is to organize this research community and encourage it to become more involved with policy advocacy that can lead to strengthened economic growth.
Through this program, grants are open to faculty members and staff at Pakistani and foreign universities as well as research institutes.