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 overarching theme of leveraging the private sector for public good. Within that theme, we have identified three key focus areas to support research:

  • Shared Economic Prosperity: The obligation of business to advance equitable opportunity
  • Technology, Innovation and Strategy: The roles of innovation and emerging technologies as change agents in businesses, industries, and the macro-economy
  • Capital Formation: How markets generate and allocate assets to grow the economy

The Kenan Institute especially encourages research proposals that provide insights into topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in any of the focus areas outlined above. To learn more about the Institute’s commitment to DEI initiatives, please read our statement here: https://kenaninstitute.unc.edu/about/kenan-institute-statement-on-diversity-equity-inclusion/

The aim of the program is to assist in funding pilot research projects or promising research that is not a candidate for typical funding sources (eg., 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; however, all UNC-Chapel Hill researchers are eligible.

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Kenan Institute Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research Grants

The Frontiers of Entrepreneurship grants are intended to support a wide range of research topics important to both academics and practitioners in the field of Entrepreneurship, including entrepreneurs, investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem support providers. Funding priorities are determined by themes that emerged from the annual Kenan Institute Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Conference.

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