Research Grant Program

  • Each year the Batten Institute solicits grant proposals from faculty members of the University of Virginia who conduct rigorous and relevant research about entrepreneurship and innovation. Their research results in high-impact intellectual outputs consistent with the missions of the Darden School and the University of Virginia.

    Proposals for the Batten Institute research grant program are reviewed by a committee that includes members of Darden’s Research and Course Development Committee and members of the Batten Institute for leaders. Researchers may use the grants — $10,000, on average — to cover research-related expenses such as data collection, research assistance, and travel. Grant recipients are expected to produce papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, as well as conference presentations and books for both scholarly and business practitioner audiences.

    Proposal Deadline: 1 May 2015
    Please submit your proposal using this Qualtrics Form

    For more details about the current grant cycle, please see the Request For Proposals (pdf), Sample Submission No. 1 (pdf) and Sample Submission No. 2 (pdf).

    2014–15 Grant Recipients

    Bernard W. Carlson (Department of Science, Technology & Society) “Leading through Disruption: How Entrepreneurs and Engineers Use Technology to Navigate Change and Create Value”
    Eileen Chou (Batten Institute) “The Coffee Shop Effect: Others’ Mere Presence Spurs Creativity”
    Natasha Foutz (McIntire School of Commerce) “Impact of Team Network Embeddedness on Innovation Success” and “Predicting Dynamic Competition of Innovations via Virtual Stock Market”
    Edward D. Hess (Darden) “The Implications of Applying the Science of Learning in a Business Environment”
    Michael Lenox (Darden) “Will Business Save the Earth? The Potential Limits of Innovating our Way to Sustainability”
    Jeanne Liedtka (Darden) “Design Thinking for Innovation: An Examination of the Efficacy of its Tools and Processes”
    Phillip E. Pfeifer (Darden) “When to Hire the First Employee? Behavioral Evidence and Insights”
    Melissa Thomas-Hunt (Darden) “Collaboration Jujitsu”
    Eric R. Young (Department of Economics) “Understanding the Return to Entrepreneurship: Being Your Own Boss or Saving your own Skin?”

    2013–14 Grant Recipients