Our Application Process for Grants to Institutions of Higher Education

The Charles Koch Foundation maintains a streamlined application process to make it easier for faculty to share their ideas with us, allowing them to invest their time and energy into their work, not into getting the resources for it.

Selecting grants for assessment:
Scholars submit an abstract of how the project contributes to a Republic of Science  and social progress; a CV or résumé; and a brief itemized budget. Grants are evaluated for a clear connection to the Foundation’s vision before a formal assessment process begins. Proposals reflecting the Foundation’s vision and priority areas are selected for further review.

  • The Foundation’s priority areas and corresponding RFPs are determined through ongoing conversations with faculty.
  • Priority is given to topics with the greatest potential to help individuals transform their lives.

Assessing grants:
Once chosen for assessment, a proposal undergoes a review process that is flexible, responsive, and focused on identifying projects that can advance relevant knowledge and adhere to scholarly standards.

The Foundation provides applicants with timely decisions based on four key factors.

  • Vision: Does the project contribute to a society of mutual benefit where people succeed by helping others improve their lives?
  • Gap: Is the project likely to go forward without the Foundation’s support?
  • Quality: Is it rigorous scholarship?  Has the applicant demonstrated potential or past excellence in her field of study?
  • Impact: Does the project have potential for real world impact? If successful does it have potential to scale?

What we don’t fund:
Requests for funding that fall outside of the Foundation’s vision or giving practices are declined at the selection stage. Examples of what the Foundation does not fund include:

  • Overhead.
  • Applied R&D.
  • Community development.
  • Infrastructure.
  • Cultural exchange programs.
  • Economic development.
  • Medical treatment.
  • Political activity.
  • Lobbying activity.

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