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2020 Kauffman Knowledge Challenge

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Businesses, IHEs, and Students
for Research Related to Innovative Approaches to Problem Solving

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/05/20 11:59 PM CST

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and individual students or student teams for research related to innovative approaches to problem solving. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects that generate practical, actionable, and rigorous evidence to be disseminated and adopted by practitioners and policymakers to solve problems. Three types of grants are available: student projects; general research projects and research practice collaborations; and diversity of entrepreneurship researcher pipeline programs/projects.

The goal of the 2020 Knowledge Challenge is to produce tangible insights for entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship programs, policy design, ecosystem builders, and researchers. Proposals should cover one of the four focus areas (described below). These focus areas are some of the key barriers to entrepreneurship based on the responses and feedback from a variety of surveys targeting entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship support organizations, policymakers, and the general population.

The focus areas cover four broad questions: 

  • What strategies can entrepreneurs use to start and grow a business? 
  • How can entrepreneurs find, recruit, manage, and resource talent in an increasingly digital world?
  • How do local conditions of ecosystems drive entrepreneurial outcomes? 
  • How does entrepreneurship affect equality and mobility, and what policies shape this relationship?  

For additional information about the four focus areas, see:https://www.kauffman.org/-/media/kauffman_org/entrepreneurship-landing-page/knowledge-challenge-rfp/2020_kauffman_knowledge_challenge_rfp_overview_final_pdf.pdf#page=1

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GrantWatch ID#: 183545

Number of Grants:

Student projects: maximum number of awards is 14; General research projects and research-practice collaborations: maximum number of awards is 14; Diversity of entrepreneurship researcher pipeline programs and projects: maximum number of awards is 8.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request funding at the follow levels depending on grant type:
- Up to $60,000 for student projects;
- Up to $225,000 for research-practice collaborations and general research projects;
- Up to $400,000 for diversity of entrepreneurship researcher programs and projects.

While award amounts for individual projects will vary, the Foundation anticipates the average grant size to be $15,000 for student awards, $140,000 for research-practice collaborations and general research projects, and $350,000 for diversity of entrepreneurship researcher programs/projects.

Term of Contract:

Student projects are conducted over 24 months. Research-practice collaborations and general research projects; and diversity of entrepreneurship researcher programs/projects are over 48 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This call is open to nonprofits, for-profit companies, fiscally sponsored organizations, and/or higher education institutions that provide or conduct research or provide services to entrepreneurship researchers.

Additionally, eligible applicants must meet all the following criteria:
- Located in the United States;
- Student submissions can come from doctoral candidates as well as students or student teams at other levels of study;
- Acceptance of funds means that participants agree to making data, models and methods publicly available;
- For projects using proprietary data and/or sensitive data governed by strict human subjects policies, participants must work with their home institutions and/or data providers to identify the most appropriate level of aggregation that will allow data to be made publicly available.

The grant recipient’s institution must be located in the US. For grants to individuals, the individual must be legally present in the US to receive a grant.

The Foundation will not consider funding for:
- Indirect/overhead expenses associated with the ongoing operations of the organization;
- Proposed project duration longer than 48 months;
- More than one application per primary investigator (only one proposal allowed);
- More than one month of summer salary support for professors
- More than one course buyout for professors

Pre-Application Information:

The application process will consist of two-stages. The first is a letter of interest and the second is the full proposal. The deadline for submitting letters of interest is February 5, 2020, 11:59 PM CST. Invited full proposals are due by April 29, 2020.

The review process for this RFP will take approximately 7 months from the letter of interest deadline date.

Kauffman associates will accept questions related to this RFP and the application process from January 14-21, 2020. Responses to these questions will be posted to the RFP FAQ once the question period closes.

Timeline:
- January 14, 2020: RFP opens
- January 14-21, 2020: Open question period
- February 5, 2020: White paper application submission (RFP closes)
- March 18, 2020: Semi-finalist notification
- April 29, 2020: Full proposal submission
- June 30, 2020: Finalists notification
- July 30, 2020: Award notification
- Fall 2020 & Winter 2021: Grants awarded

Additional information: https://www.kauffman.org/currents/2019/12/the-value-in-knowing-what-is-missing

About the program: https://www.kauffman.org/grants/current-opportunities/kauffman-knowledge-challenge-rfp

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://rfp.kauffman.org/prog/106196/apply/

Submit questions to knowledgechallenge@kauffman.org.

For technical assistance on the online application system, please visit the Survey Monkey Apply help desk at: rfp.kauffman.org/helpdesk

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
(816) 932-1000
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110

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