Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation: Kauffman Knowledge Challenge – Insight to Impact
The Kauffman Knowledge Challenge – Insight to Impact supports activities aimed at improving basic understanding about entrepreneurs and the levers, tools, and methods that can advance entrepreneurship in the United States. The goal of the Knowledge Challenge is to produce tangible insights for entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship program and policy design, ecosystem builders, and researchers.
The Knowledge Challenge may fund projects for research activities related to the following four Special Interest Areas:
- Technology and the new nature of entrepreneurship
- Barriers to entrepreneurship
- Culture and entrepreneurship
- Causal research on entrepreneurship interventions at scale
Participants in funded projects will join a robust Kauffman network of researchers, representing a range of disciplines, research interests, and methodologies.
Amount: Grants range up to $400,000 for project teams annually; up to to $150,000 annually for individual researchers (including hiring contract or research assistance); and up to $30,000 annually for students or student teams and/or doctoral researchers. Projects can have a duration of up to four years, with a strong preference for projects that will conclude within three years. Regardless of duration, projects are expected to produce tangible insights for program design, policy and future research within two years.
Funding requests are expected to be realistic and appropriately aligned with the proposers’ capacity, function and size. Project size and funding should reflect the needs of the project. For example, pilot projects, dissertation research, student team and lab projects, and studies using secondary data and/or conducting exploratory work are expected to need less financial support than large-scale causal evaluations across multiple entrepreneurship interventions.
Eligibility: Proposers conducting research in universities and academic institutions, laboratories, companies, nonprofit organizations, and individuals may apply. Proposers from universities do not have to be tenure-track or tenured, and student submissions can come from doctoral candidates as well as students or student teams at other levels of study. Collaborations between academic researchers and entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship support programs, and other entrepreneurial ecosystem actors are welcome. Entrepreneurship support organizations are encouraged to consider the Knowledge Challenge as an opportunity to partner or acquire research expertise.
Note: The May 9, 2018 deadline is for submission of a white paper; invited full proposals will be due July 2, 2018.
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