As a part of the 2015 State of Entrepreneurship report and February 11, 2015 event, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has chosen to highlight trends in two particular demographic groups as a means of exploring future potential directions for entrepreneurship in the United States in 2020 – Millennials and Baby Boomers.
Millennials have been showing declining rates of entrepreneurship in many recent national studies, but are in other ways America’s most entrepreneurially-exposed generation. Baby Boomers have been prolific entrepreneurial contributors, but are entering traditional ages for retirement.
In seeking to under these two demographic groups and the policies and other trends that could be affecting their entrepreneurial success, the Foundation is seeking insights into potential drivers of the slowdown in entrepreneurship which accelerated in 2006 (Decker et al. 2014; Hathaway and Litan 2014). A more secular decline in entry and dynamism has been underway for much longer.
The Kauffman Foundation is soliciting grant proposals to investigate trends specific to Millennials and Baby Boomers as it relates to entrepreneurship. Questions of particular interest, although we are open to other suggestions, include:
We welcome research proposals dedicated to an individual topic, as well as multi-disciplinary and holistic study. Policy oriented research proposals are particularly encouraged.
Grants will be made to research institutions and universities; the Foundation will not fund individuals directly. Funding is restricted to institutions located within the United States. Research teams may be comprised of individuals not based in the U.S., but a U.S. institution must be the grant recipient. We will not fund indirect costs.
Submission Format and Guidelines
Proposals should be submitted electronically to Alex Krause at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals should include (1) a brief narrative project description (3-5 pages), (2) a line item budget table (1 page), and (3) CVs of the research team.
See the Foundation’s website for guidelines of grant application. Questions can be directed to E.J. Reedy at email@example.com.
Deadline for submissions: April 17, 2015, 5:00pm CST.
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