Research Grant RFP




Deadline: April 21, 2014


The Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (DBCIE) is pleased to offer grants (from $2,000-$7,500) to facilitate research on innovation.  DBCIE supports a broad definition of research on innovation and welcomes a wide range of proposals. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the examination of innovation within or across organizations, the measurement or assessment of innovation, process or product innovation, social innovation, the micro and macro conditions that foster innovation, or the diffusion and adoption of innovation.  Funds can be used for expenses related to the research process including funds for graduate student assistance on the project, purchase of data sets, transcription and/or coding, research related travel, subject costs, computer software, and editing.   


Eligibility:  All ladder-Faculty in The Paul Merage School of Business engaged in new or existing research on innovation are eligible.  Priority will be given to new recipients and to junior faculty.


To Apply: Proposals should include the following:

  1. Completed cover sheet (see below)
  2. Proposal narrative (2-page proposal narrative, including specific research questions and/or hypotheses related to research on innovation, expected academic contribution, a bibliography). Define innovation and indicate how it might be measured in your research.
  3. Please write in a font no smaller than 12 point.
  4. Project time line with deliverables.
  5. Line item Budget and budget justification.

Submission Procedure:  Proposals should be submitted electronically to Charlie Baecker ( by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014. Competitive proposals will be reviewed by the Beall Center Innovation RFP Committee (committee to be selected once proposals are submitted).   


Recipients of DBCIE grants have the following responsibilities to fulfill:  

  1. To thank The Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for support in all written work that develops out of the research supported by the grant;
  2. Provide DBCIE with a 1-2 page research report within 60 days of the end of the funding period indicating research progress to date and expected next steps. The report may be posted on the Innovation@Merage website;
  3. Provide DBCIE with an electronic copy of written work that develops out of the research supported by the grant for posting on the Innovation@Merage website;
  4. Present research in a DBCIE faculty seminar, or to a DCBIE meeting of our advisory board, if appropriate.


Click here for Grant Proposal Cover Sheet