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Knowledge Challenge

Timeline

April 11-18 - Question period

May 9 - White paper submission deadline

May 30 - Notification of invitation to submit full proposal

July 2 - Full proposal deadline

By October 1 - Notification of 2018 grants

By February 1 - Notification of 2019 grants

The 2018 Kauffman Knowledge Challenge: Insight to Impact supports activities aimed at improving our basic understanding about entrepreneurs and the levers, tools and methods that can advance entrepreneurship in the United States. The goal of the Knowledge Challenge is to produce tangible insights for entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship program and policy design, ecosystem builders and researchers.
 
The Knowledge Challenge may fund projects for research activities related to 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
 
Participants in funded projects will join a robust Kauffman network of researchers, representing a range of disciplines, research interests and methodologies.
 
The Knowledge Challenge may award grants to projects with a duration of up to four years, with a strong preference for projects that will conclude within three years. Regardless of duration, projects are expected to produce tangible insights for program design, policy and future research within two years.
 
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. Grants will be disbursed beginning in late 2018 or early 2019.
 
Eligibility
 
The Knowledge Challenge is open to proposers conducting research in universities and academic institutions, laboratories, companies, nonprofit organizations and as individuals. Proposers from universities do not have to be tenure-track or tenured, and student submissions can come from doctoral candidates as well as students or student teams at other levels of study. Collaborations between academic researchers and entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship support programs and other entrepreneurial ecosystem actors are welcome. Entrepreneurship support organizations are encouraged to consider the Knowledge Challenge as an opportunity to partner or acquire research expertise.
 
The Foundation invites proposers with an interest in our Special Interest Areas to apply, even if they have not previously focused on entrepreneurship as a topic of inquiry.
 
Funding through the Knowledge Challenge will focus on projects that address one or more Special Interest Areas (defined below). Regardless of duration, projects are expected to produce tangible insights for program design, policy and future research within two years.
 
Funding
 
The Knowledge Challenge may support projects up to $400,000 annually. Projects with a duration of up to four years will be considered, with a strong preference for projects that will conclude within two to three years. Funding requests are expected to be realistic and appropriately aligned with the proposers’ capacity, function and size. Project size and funding should reflect the needs of the project. For example, pilot projects, dissertation research, student team and lab projects, and studies using secondary data and/or conducting exploratory work are expected to need less financial support than large-scale causal evaluations across multiple entrepreneurship interventions. Funding through the Knowledge Challenge will be disbursed beginning late 2018 or early 2019.
 
Interested candidates should review the full Request for Projects and the FAQs. To get more information during the April 11 – 18 question period, send queries to knowledgechallenge@kauffman.org.

Foundation staff will not respond to inquiries about project scientific content, potential fit with Special Interest Areas, project design and other substantive questions at the white paper stage; nor will questions submitted during the question period receive individual responses.