Health Care Research Grants

Health Care Research Grants

Quality, affordable, and accessible health care is vital for people to pursue healthy and meaningful lives.

In the span of just a few generations, scientific advances and technological innovations have brought significant improvements in medicine, making possible many things once presumed impossible. Unfortunately, public policy has stifled innovation in both the  delivery of health care and how it’s financed. This disproportionate progress has made it difficult for the adoption of new technologies, and current policies risk stifling future innovation. 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.

Grant Description

The Charles Koch Foundation invites scholars, researchers, and subject matter experts to submit grant proposals for research, case studies, or comparative analysis on barriers to better health and how best to address them. Specific topics could include:

The demand-side of health care

  • Innovative payment systems that align incentives across providers and patients.
  • The role markets could play in the payment systems of health care, such as the effects of competition, entrepreneurship, or free entry.
  • Public policy that affects the demand for health care at the federal and state levels, particularly the financing of health care and insurance coverage.
  • The effects of the third-party payment system on the U.S. health care system.

The supply-side of health care

  • Innovative delivery models that provide superior access and quality at a lower cost.
  • The role markets could play in the delivery of health care products and services, such as the effects of competition, entrepreneurship, or free entry.
  • Impediments to disruptive provider models, technologies, process improvements, and treatment scaling.
  • Public choice implications of health care public policy, such as rent-seeking, regulatory capture, and interest group politics, which erect barriers to lower-cost, high-quality care options.
  • Historical analysis of how our health care system has evolved, various attempts to reform, significant public policy changes, and possible paths forward.

Grant Criteria

  • A one-to-two-page abstract of the project on behalf of your university or college. 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

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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