Entrepreneurship Research & Education Grants

Entrepreneurship Research & Education Grants

An entrepreneurial mindset can have positive influences throughout society leading to innovations we can scarcely imagine. 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.

Building our understanding of the social institutions, theories, and mindsets that promote or limit entrepreneurial activity will help capture society’s full potential, drive life-improving innovations, and ensure everyone has a chance to pursue a meaningful life.

The Charles Koch Foundation requests proposals for research and educational grants that will advance our understanding of entrepreneurial theory, practice and impacts.

Grant Description

We are especially interested in entrepreneurship research that:

  • Utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to advance understanding of the key institution and policies that inform entrepreneurial decision-making.
  • Provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to explore theories of entrepreneurship.
  • Supports PhD students and early-career faculty interested in exploring entrepreneurship theory and relevant policies.
  • Prepares high school and post-secondary instructors to teach foundational concepts in entrepreneurial theory.
  • Advances understanding of the key values and behaviors that distinguish between principled entrepreneurship and rent-seeking behavior.
  • Explore the connection between life satisfaction, entrepreneurship, and whether entrepreneurial ventures enable individuals involved to better fulfill their potential.

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.


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.

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.

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