Employment Research Grants

Employment Research Grants

There is dignity in work that helps improve the lives of both a worker and their customers. Unbound from external and internal barriers, people can develop their knowledge and skills to care for themselves and their families, contribute to their communities, and serve others.

The Charles Koch Foundation invites scholars, researchers, and policy experts to submit grant proposals for research, case studies, or comparative analysis related to employment barriers and work. We are especially interested in research that:

  • Examines the effect of public sector labor unions and collective bargaining on government debt growth, expenditure growth (e.g. infrastructure spending), pension liabilities, and quality of government services.
  • Compares and contrasts the economic outcomes of localities with and without public sector labor unions and collective bargaining.
  • Presents and examines potential alternatives to public sector labor union membership, including new union models.
  • Examines the potential deconstruction of the National Labor Relations Act and Labor Management Relations Act.
  • Studies the impact of the Janus v. AFSCME decision on public sector labor union membership.
  • Examines the interaction of public sector unions and occupational licensing across different industries.
  • Analyzes the costs and impact of occupational licensing, including effects on quality, safety, employment, and entrepreneurship.
  • Examines potential alternatives to occupational licensing, including alternatives for specific occupations.
  • Studies the role of community and business in promoting workforce development, as well as alternative workforce development programs.
  • Examines the impact of prevailing wage laws on quality, safety, employment, and entrepreneurship.

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 meet the highest standards of their field, and must not have been previously published.

*Items are required in application.

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