Open Research Grants

Kenan Institute Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research Grants

The Frank H. Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise is seeking proposals for outstanding academic research projects in the field of entrepreneurship. The Kenan Institute will award approximately 5 grants of $10,000 each. The grant term will be from June 1, 2018 through December 31, 2021. To be eligible, applicants must be full-time faculty, Ph.D. candidates, or postdocs at an academic research institution.

The Kenan Institute has chosen its research priority areas based on questions and themes developed during the 2018 Kenan Institute Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Conference. Applicants did not have to attend the 2018 Frontiers of Entrepreneurs Conference to be eligible for the small research grants, but awardees may be asked to present at future conferences.

More information on research priority areas and how to apply

Questions can be directed to Ashley Brown at kiproposal@kenan-flagler.unc.edu. Applications due April 30, 2018.


Internal UNC Small Research Grants

The Kenan Institute’s Small Research Grant Program funds UNC-Chapel Hill research projects that align with the Institute’s mission to advance the understanding of entrepreneurship, economic development, and global commerce for the public good.

The aim of the program is to support pilot research projects or promising research that is not a candidate for typical funding sources (i.e., federal grants or foundation support). Preference is given to researchers from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, and researchers who are sponsored by one of the Institute’s affiliated centers. Learn more about the Kenan Institute and its affiliated Centers.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. The Institute awards a maximum of $14,500 per project (up to 18 months long) and grants are provided on a matching basis in conjunction with other funding.

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