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 Ashley_Brown@kenan-flagler.unc.edu with subject line “Kenan Institute Training Grant.”

Kenan Institute Training Grants Approval Form


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.

2018 recipients 2019 recipients

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