Technology & InnovationTechnological advances have transformed the human experience and have led to vast increases in societal well-being. These advances are best enabled by an environment that does not hinder technological progress and a culture that welcomes innovation.
The Charles Koch Foundation aims to more fully understand the effects of technological progress and innovation, as well as the environment (policy, cultural, or otherwise) within which innovation thrives, in order to help build a body of research examining these critical issues and encourage public discourse. We invite scholars, researchers, and policy experts to submit proposals for papers and projects that shed light on the various aspects and effects of technological progress and innovation. We are especially interested in work that:
- Analyzes the role of innovation in society, including the connection between technological progress, entrepreneurship, job creation, and the future of work.
- Explores the cultural and historical conditions necessary for breakthroughs in knowledge.
- Examines questions related to digital free speech, including design, structure, legal rights of users, privacy, data security, and encryption.
- Examines the legal and regulatory frameworks most conducive to innovation, especially in industries ripe for disruption (e.g., health care, finance, manufacturing, transportation).
- 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, of academic journal quality (when applicable), 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.