Summer Research Grants


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  • Accepting Summer 2021 proposals starting May 2021
  • Submissions for this form are closed.

The Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise (ISFE) is pleased to announce our 2021 Summer Research Grant Program. These are competitive small grants, between $5,000 and $15,000, open to scholars at both the University of Kentucky and elsewhere. UK faculty will receive their awards as summer salary in either 2021 or 2022. External scholars will receive awards in vendor-type arrangements (e.g. consulting) and should make sure to check their institution’s rules for external work before applying.

We welcome any proposal that fits under ISFE’s mission of discovering and understanding how free enterprise — i.e. markets, private ownership, economic freedom, choice, competition, and related government interventions — affects peoples’ lives and the well-being of society. However, this year we have particular interest in research related to the intersection of free enterprise with the COVID-19 pandemic or racial inequality in the United States.

Deliverables include a presentation in ISFE’s Faculty Research Day (September 2021), a paper in ISFE’s working paper series, and dissemination of the research to the media and public following a strategy developed in conjunction with ISFE staff. External awardees will be given the choice of attending the Research Day in person (with ISFE providing travel funding) or presenting via an online format.

Proposals should consist of no more than one single-spaced page describing the research and its fit with ISFE’s mission, along with the applicant’s CV. Cover letters are not necessary. To ensure full consideration, please submit your proposal below. Questions can be emailed to

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ISFE has funded a diverse set of research projects related to the study of free enterprise. Some of our funded projects can be found at: