Open Research Grants

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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Training Grants – Kenan-Flagler PhD Students and Kenan Scholars

The Kenan Institute training grants are available to Kenan Scholars (undergraduate and MBA) and Kenan-Flagler Business School PhD students. The grants can be used toward registration fees for a conference, course, or workshop that emphasizes skill building in research or data capabilities (including analysis, programming, visualization, etc.). Training grant awards are for up to $500. Submit application form to with subject line “Kenan Institute Training Grant.”

Kenan Institute Training Grants Approval Form

Awarded Research Grants

2018 Kenan Institute Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research Grants

The Frank H. Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise has awarded five $10,000 grants for outstanding academic research projects in the field of entrepreneurship. The grant term is from June 1, 2018 through December 31, 2021.

We chose our 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.

Read more about the winners

Applications for the 2019 Frontiers of Entrepreneurship research grants will be available in early spring 2019.