Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies Research Grant Program

  • The Batten Institute at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business is introducing a new funding opportunity for scholars researching entrepreneurial action in emerging economies.

    Grant Term:      2017-2018 Academic Year
    Focus:              Understanding entrepreneurial action in emerging economies
    Amount:           Up to USD 2,000
    RFP deadline:   15 June 2017 (Submit proposals online here.)

    The purpose of this new grant program is to encourage rigorous academic research about entrepreneurship** occurring in the developing world. Grant funds are available to supplement the development of intellectual capital that culminates in published academic articles, books, and other high-impact publications. The research outputs should provide tangible insights for entrepreneurs, policymakers, and the general public interested in entrepreneurial activities in developing regions. 

    To be eligible the principal investigator (PI) must be a faculty member at an accredited university situated in an emerging economy country.

    Batten Grantees will be eligible to receive limited funding (up to $2,000) to support a specific research project in entrepreneurship and innovation. These grants may only be used to cover research expenses, including but not limited to: project‐related travel, transcription, data collection and databases, research assistance and relevant subscriptions.

    Grants are expected to be used over the period of a single academic year. The Institute highly values its research collaborators and expects to engage with their work beyond their appointment. Ideally, grant period establishes a foundation for ongoing collaboration with faculty and the Institute.

    Outcomes and Activities
    Batten Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies projects are expected to result in publishable research as journal articles, books, conferences presentations, and scholarly seminars, all of which should advance general research in the field of entrepreneurship. 

    By accepting a grant, the recipient agrees to the responsibility for acknowledging the support of the Batten Institute in the resulting intellectual outputs, including but not limited to: papers, articles, briefings, books, cases, and conferences. Grantees will also permit the Batten Institute to feature their funded projects on its website and in other electronic or printed publications.

    Review and Selection
    The Batten Institute is currently accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year. 

    Application deadline: June 15, 2017

    Applicants must include a proposal for research to be pursued during the 2017-2018 academic year and a detailed budget (3-page maximum in PDF format) 

    Submit an application using this linked online form.

    The Grants Review Committee will select projects based on 
    1) the scholarly merits of the research proposal; 
    2) whether the proposed research falls in the domains of entrepreneurship or innovation**; 
    3) the quality of the expected/forthcoming intellectual contribution; 
    4) the likelihood that the research project will result in the publication of papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and other research-oriented outlets; 
    5) the scholarly promise or accomplishments of the applicant.

    Please direct inquiries to:

    Andrew C. King
    Associate Director for Intellectual Capital
    Batten Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 
    University of Virginia Darden School of Business 

    **To evaluate the appropriateness of research proposals, the Institute has adopted the definition of entrepreneurship and innovation articulated by Management Science: “Entrepreneurship includes new business creation as well as entrepreneurial activities undertaken within existing businesses or through new market mechanisms. Innovation includes novel and creative ways to create value through new products or services, new business models, or new processes. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) new venture formation processes, financing, and strategies; R&D and project management, performance metrics, and portfolio evaluation; institutions and policies to enhance entrepreneurship and innovation; regional dynamics of entrepreneurship and innovation; university and science‐based innovation and technology transfer; patents, licensing, and intellectual property; business model innovation (e.g., operations, marketing, or network innovation); open innovation and distributed innovation; and market and financial impact of entrepreneurship.”