Corporate Welfare Reform Research Grants

Corporate Welfare Reform Research Grants

Cronyism and corporate welfare take many forms but typically involve government-granted privilege over current or future competitors, often with negative unintended consequences. With this in mind, the Foundation aims to more fully understand the origins, impacts, and potential solutions to cronyism and corporate welfare at the local, state, and national levels, to help build a body of research examining these critical issues, and to encourage informed public discourse.

Grant Description

The Charles Koch Foundation invites scholars, researchers, and policy experts to submit proposals on issues related to cronyism and corporate welfare reform. While we are interested in all papers and larger projects that shed light on the various aspects and consequences of government-granted privilege, we are especially interested in projects that:

  • Identify and analyze corporate welfare at the local, state, or national levels (e.g. economic development incentives, tax-increment financing, subsidies for film production and sports stadiums, favoritism in the tax code).
  • Measure the size, scope, costs, and impact of corporate welfare at the local and state levels, and develop alternative approaches to spurring job creation, growth, and innovation.
  • Identify and analyze levels of transparency and accountability in corporate welfare and develop alternative approaches.
  • Analyze the costs and impact of occupational licensing, including effects on quality, safety, employment, and entrepreneurship.
  • Evaluate potential institutional reforms to cronyism and corporate welfare at local, state, and national levels.
  • Identify and analyze the underlying causes of government-granted privilege at the local, state, and national levels.

Grant Criteria

  • A one-to-two-page abstract of the project on behalf of your university, college, think tank, or other 501(c)(3) organization. The abstract should provide sufficient detail for reviewers to assess the nature and feasibility of the idea.*
  • A CV or résumé.*
  • A brief, itemized budget.*
  • Final projects should be original and of academic journal quality, and must not have been previously published.

*Items are required in application.


Funding levels are commensurate with the requirements of the research and the potential for the research to advance an understanding of critical issues. Accepted proposals may also receive support to disseminate the research findings.

Review & Notification Process

Proposals will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis.

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