Regulation Research Grants

Regulation Research Grants

Government has an essential role in establishing fair and equally applied rules that foster an opportunity-rich environment for all, while protecting the public against significant harms. The process by which the government regulates should be primarily driven by legislatures transparent and accountable to the public, and limited to cases where there is substantial evidence that the benefits of regulation outweigh the costs. When policymakers have neglected these principles, the result has been a complex web of byzantine regulations accumulating over the decades, stifling opportunity for the worst off in society. We believe a vastly superior regulatory system is possible, one that protects the public from harm without destroying opportunity.

The Charles Koch Foundation invites scholars, researchers, and policy experts to submit grant proposals for research that explore how to create a regulatory process that works. Specific topics could include:

  • Institutional reforms that shift a legislature’s incentives away from delegating responsibility for regulation and toward taking more responsibility for their governance.
  • The long- and short-term effects of regulatory accumulation.
  • Examinations of the institutional and political factors that have led to higher or lower rates of regulatory accumulation.
  • Reforms that increase the transparency of the regulatory process.
  • Techniques and procedures that state legislatures can adopt to more effectively eliminate outdated, duplicated, or overly burdensome regulations.
  • Evaluations of the effectiveness of different regulatory reform efforts on achieving reductions in regulatory burdens, especially at the state level.
  • Explorations of innovative private alternatives to the current regulatory structure.
  • Ways to improve the quality and accuracy of scientific and economic analysis in agency rulemaking.
  • Alternative institutional arrangements that encourage competition between administrative agencies.

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

Sign up for our newsletter