Summer Research Grants


Warning message

Submissions for this form are closed.

The Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise (ISFE) is pleased to announce our 2021 Summer Faculty 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. Fit with ISFE’s mission should be explicitly discussed in the proposal.

Deliverables include a presentation in ISFE’s Faculty Research Day (likely early fall 2022), 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.

Applicants who have received funding in prior years are welcome to apply again for a different project. However, please include in your application a status update (including, for instance, working papers, publications, conference presentations, and media coverage) for any previously funded projects.

Proposals should consist of no more than one single-spaced page describing the research. A second page can be used to discuss fit with ISFE’s mission and provide status updates on previous awards. The applicant’s CV should also be included. Cover letters are not necessary. To ensure full consideration, please submit your proposal via the portal by Friday, June 4, 2021 and email any questions to .

For more information about ISFE, please visit our website at We also encourage you to follow us on Twitter and Facebook @UKISFE.