Technology & Innovation

Technology & Innovation

Technological advances have transformed the human experience and led to vast increases in societal well-being. Such advances are best enabled by an environment that does not hinder technological progress and a culture that welcomes innovation.

Grant Description

The Charles Koch Foundation seeks to support research on technology and innovation. Applied research that helps bridge the divide between theory and practice is particularly welcome.

We invite scholars and policy experts to submit proposals for work that sheds light on the various effects of technological progress (policy, cultural, or otherwise) and explores the concept of permissionless innovation. Proposals for projects in law, economics, history, political science, and philosophy are encouraged. Projects in computer science, engineering, and the hard sciences will also be considered.

We are especially interested in work that:

  • Analyzes the role of innovation in society, including the connection between technological progress, job creation, and the future of work.
  • Explores the cultural and/or policy conditions necessary for breakthroughs in knowledge, including historical or contemporary case studies in which well-being was advanced by technological innovation.
  • Examines questions related to digital free speech, including design, structure, legal rights of users, privacy, intermediary liability, legal threats to free speech such as SLAPPs, and encryption.
  • Examines the legal and regulatory frameworks most conducive to innovation, especially in health care, manufacturing, competition, and transportation.
  • Provides mentorship, research support, and networking opportunities for the next generation of researchers who will tackle unforeseen challenges at the intersection of innovation and public policy.

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.


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.

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Review & Notification Process: Proposals will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis.

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