UNDERSTAND | April 25, 2018

Request for Proposals: 2018 Kauffman Knowledge Challenge

Photo Credit: Kauffman Foundation

The Kauffman Foundation has issued a request for projects for the 2018 Kauffman Knowledge Challenge: Insight to Impact. The goal of the Knowledge Challenge is to produce tangible insights for entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship program and policy design, ecosystem leaders and researchers.

The Knowledge Challenge invites proposers to submit proposals for research activities aimed at improving our basic understanding of entrepreneurs and the levers, tools and methods that can advance entrepreneurship in the United States. The Knowledge Challenge is open to proposers conducting research in universities and academic institutions, laboratories, companies, nonprofit organizations and as individuals. Collaborations between academic researchers and entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship support programs and other entrepreneurial ecosystem builders are welcome.

The Knowledge Challenge may grant up to $400,000 annually for project teams, up to $150,000 annually for individual researchers (including hiring contract or research assistance) and up to $30,000 annually for students or student teams and/or doctoral researchers.

The Knowledge Challenge projects will address one or more of the following four Special Interest Areas:

  1. Technology and the new nature of entrepreneurship
  2. Barriers to entrepreneurship
  3. Culture and entrepreneurship
  4. Causal research on entrepreneurship interventions at scale

Between April 11 and May 9, proposers may submit two-page white papers that describe key details about their plans, project need, expected gains and potential research applications.

Further information about the Challenge requirements and submission details are available at Kauffman.org/knowledgechallenge.

Cristina Fernández focuses on integrating policymakers into startup ecosystems across the world, creating platforms for them to exchange ideas… About the author