Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals

The Charles Koch Foundation focuses on programs that help move toward a society of equal rights and mutual benefit, where people succeed by helping others improve their lives. In addition to welcoming new ideas for these topics, we also invite general research proposals.

Grant Highlight | Foreign Policy Research

We are proud to support research that challenges status quo thinking and inspires fresh perspectives in the foreign policy debate.

Managing Relations with China

As Washington, DC gears up for an era of “Great Power Competition” with China, academics and policymakers should ask whether the underlying assumption that these two states are destined for conflict is true.

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Executive-Legislative Relations and War Powers

As the underlying legal authorities for American activities in Yemen, Syria, and elsewhere attract increasing scrutiny, policymakers must appreciate the need for appropriate oversight and accountability over the power to commence, fund, and finish hostilities.

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The Future of America’s Alliances

Given problems with burden-sharing and conflicting interests, U.S. policymakers should reevaluate the costs and benefits of the U.S.’s security commitments.

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Ending Endless Wars in the Middle East

As political will mounts to leave foreign conflicts and bring American troops home, policymakers must grapple with exit strategies and the lessons learned from the last few decades of engagement.

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We support research on pressing issues.

Criminal Justice Reform

We support research that emphasizes human dignity and enhances public safety, particularly focusing on reducing overcriminalization, recidivism, and barriers to second chances for ex-offenders.

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Toleration & Free Speech

We support research, educational programs, and dialogue focused on enabling a more tolerant society through modeling civil discourse and protecting press freedom.

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Foreign Policy

We support new voices and sound scholarship that speak to America's enduring interests and policies that will make our country safer.

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We support research, case studies, or comparative analysis related to fiscal policy and focused government activity.

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Technology & Innovation

We support scholars who are examining the barriers to innovation in myriad areas, from transportation and health care to online communication.

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Trade Policy Research

We support scholars and institutions interested in research related to the benefits of global trade and the harm of various protectionist initiatives, in their various forms.

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Immigration Research Grants

We support scholars exploring solutions and innovative alternatives to a system burdened by backlogs in family-based immigration and asylum processing and posing countless employment barriers for foreign graduates of U.S. universities.

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Heath Care Research

We believe that a vastly superior health care system is possible, one that outperforms the status quo on cost, quality, access, outcomes, and many other margins.

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Postsecondary Education

We partner with individuals and organizations that help students unlock their potential by making postsecondary education more effective, accessible, and adaptable to each learner’s unique potential.

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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.

Grantee Spotlights

Our grantees examine issues that matter and propose solutions to help people improve their lives.

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