Grant Description

The Charles Koch Institute requests grant proposals for research related to criminal justice reform. We are especially interested in research that:

  • Identifies incentives within the criminal justice system
  • Studies the scope and impact of overcriminalization, particularly in relation to prosecutorial norms
  • Explores the success and scalability of diversionary programs
  • Explores early contact with the criminal justice system
  • Explores effective policing that reduces overcriminalization
  • Explores viable alternatives to the current plea bargain system
  • Sheds light on those collateral consequences that have the most severe impact
  • Develops novel solutions for handling violent crime in ways that do not increase the prison population or present a threat to public safety
  • Comparatively explores the efficacy of bail reform efforts

Grant Criteria

  • A one-to-two-page abstract of the project. The abstract should provide sufficient detail for reviewers to assess the nature and feasibility of the idea.*
  • A CV or résumé.*
  • A brief, itemized budget.*
  • Final projects should be original and meet the highest standards of their field, and must not have been previously published.

*Items are required in application.


Funding levels are commensurate with the requirements of the research and the potential for the research to advance an understanding of critical issues. Accepted proposals may also receive support to disseminate the research findings.

Review & Notification Process

Proposals will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis.

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Our grants seek to inform efforts to reduce overcriminalization and government overreach as well as recidivism, and to remove barriers that prevent former offenders from achieving successful lives.

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