Nesta, together with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will shortly be inviting applications for its grants under the Innovation Growth Lab programme. The closing date is 19 October 2015 and further call details is expected to be confirmed on 1 September.
These grants aim to support randomised controlled trials that build the evidence base on the most effective approaches to increase innovation, support high-growth entrepreneurship and accelerate business growth. Research may examine different models to encourage technology transfer from universities, estimate the impact of accelerators on entrepreneurial success, or study different approaches to managing innovation processes. Proposals that look into areas such as intellectual property, networks and collaboration, mentoring and advice, financing schemes, innovation and entrepreneurial skills, and innovative procurement, as well as any other instruments and methods related to innovation and high-growth entrepreneurship are also welcome. This also includes experiments that test different approaches to increase the social returns from basic R&D.
Organisations involved in innovation and entrepreneurship, or interested in running experiments within their own organisation, and researchers interested in designing and conducting randomised controlled trials related to innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth are welcome to apply. Projects with a mix of senior and junior researchers, including PhD students, in economic and social science departments, business schools or other research organisations are particularly encouraged.
Nesta, or Ewing Marion Kauffman for US-based organisations, will directly fund research and provide operational support to the project, including brokerage support, the organisation of conferences and workshops, and the dissemination of the findings.
Further Information: http://www.innovationgrowthlab.org/funding-opportunities