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:
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. Learn more about the Kenan Institute and its affiliated centers.
Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, until allotted funds run out for the fiscal year. The institute will support up to 50 percent of project costs. There is a maximum award amount of $10,000 per project and grants are provided on a matching basis in conjunction with other funding (e.g., faculty research accounts, other small grants, departmental support, etc.). Accepted projects may not be awarded the the full funding amount requested.
Additional details on the grant requirements are outlined below.
Award amounts are for up to 50 percent of a project’s budget. The maximum award amount is $10,000 (for projects with a $20,000+ budget). The Kenan Institute Small Research Grants are matching grants that require the PI to contribute additional funding for the remainder of the project costs. The Small Research Grant funding cannot be used toward salary support or course buyout, nor can a researcher’s salary be used as a matching component of the grant. A PI can only have one active Kenan Institute Small Research Grant at a time.
Matching funds can come from a variety of sources, including personal research funds (RATS accounts), other grants and/or departmental support. .
Proposals are accepted through an online portal. Applications for FY2021 will open July 1, 2020.
Click here to apply for the internal small research grant via the Institute’s online application portal.
In the portal, you will create a username and password, and then fill out the proposal application. Please use your Kenan-Flagler or UNC email as your username.
The online proposal will ask for the following:
You will be able to save your proposal in the online portal until you are ready to submit.
The PI will receive notice about whether the project will be funded within four weeks of submission.