Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals

The Charles Koch Foundation focuses on programs that help move toward a society of equal rights and mutual benefit, where people succeed by helping others improve their lives. In addition to welcoming new ideas for these topics, we also invite general research proposals.

For a sample of the research grant projects that the Foundation has recently supported, read our Annual Giving Report

Our Short-Term RFPs

Substance Abuse Research Grants

In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, the Charles Koch Foundation seeks to support research projects (e.g. papers, conferences, workshops, etc.) that explore innovative, community-based solutions that are targeted at destroying the root causes of substance abuse.

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Afghanistan & Syria Research Grants

Given the urgent questions raised about when and how U.S. deployments in either country will end—the Charles Koch Foundation will fund a series of grants to support research projects (e.g. papers, conferences, workshops, media, etc.) that explore viable solutions to accomplish stated U.S. objectives in Afghanistan and Syria.

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We support research on pressing issues.

Criminal Justice Reform

We support research that emphasizes human dignity and enhances public safety, particularly focusing on reducing overcriminalization, recidivism, and barriers to second chances for ex-offenders.

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Toleration & Free Speech

We support research, educational programs, and dialogue focused on enabling a more tolerant society through modeling civil discourse and protecting press freedom.

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Foreign Policy

We support new voices and sound scholarship that speak to America's enduring interests and policies that will make our country safer.

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Economic Freedom

We support research on the barriers that prevent people from working, innovating, and creating value for themselves and their communities.

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Technology & Innovation

We support scholars who are examining the barriers to innovation in myriad areas, from transportation and health care to online communication.

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Corporate Welfare Reform

Corporate welfare takes many forms but typically involves government-granted advantage or privilege over current or future competitors, often with negative unintended consequences.

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Entrepreneurship Research & Education

We support research that seeks to better understand how people can seek to create value for others so all mutually benefit from innovations and new solutions.

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Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

We support research that looks to break through the barriers to multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship and foster real-world applications of the scholarly lineage of these diverse fields.

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We support research that looks to offer real-world impact by contributing to the body of knowledge on which policies and practices best position the independent sector to contribute to strong communities.

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Trade Policy Research

We support scholars and institutions interested in research related to the benefits of global trade and the harm of various protectionist initiatives, in their various forms.

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Immigration Research Grants

We support scholars exploring solutions and innovative alternatives to a system burdened by backlogs in family-based immigration and asylum processing and posing countless employment barriers for foreign graduates of U.S. universities.

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K12 Education Research

All students should have access to a quality education that allows them to discover their unique talents and develop the knowledge and skills to be successful and find fulfillment in their lives.

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Our Giving Standards and Principles

Our giving standards and principles guide our long-standing commitment to academic independence and openness.

Faculty call the shots.

Behind each of our grants is a scholar with a vision. Their freedom to drive their research wherever it may take them is essential to the discovery that we hope results from our support.

Schools provide the academic environment.

We’re excited to support hundreds of schools ranging from small liberal arts colleges to state research universities to Ivy League schools. Each grant we make follows the school’s standard procedures when it comes to hiring, curriculum, peer review, and other policies.

Openness brings opportunities.

To help make potential grantees aware of opportunities, we share news of all our major gifts. This knowledge sharing improves collaboration, offering others the possibility to build on the work of the scholars we support.

Society benefits.

The scholars we support are tackling some of the toughest challenges of our time and preparing students for success in a dynamic future. The goal of our philanthropy is to improve society. As scholars’ discoveries guide the path forward on criminal justice reform, free expression, foreign policy, technology and innovation, economic opportunity, and other pressing challenges, society progresses.

Grantee Spotlights

Our grantees examine issues that matter and propose solutions to help people improve their lives.

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