The Charles Koch Institute requests proposals for research, programmatic support, or education activities related to understanding what drives intolerance and the best ways to cure it.

Grant Description

We are particularly interested in research that explores:

  • Impediments to free speech and open inquiry in the academy.
  • Legal interpretations of the First Amendment and their consequences.
  • Exploring the connections between the classical liberal tradition and toleration.
  • Exploring the individual and structural drivers of intolerance and tribalism in society.
  • Press freedom, including research that explores freedom of information laws and the connections between press freedom and free societies.
  • Digital free speech, including research related to intermediary liability, privacy, or other legal threats to free speech.
  • Undergraduate programming that models civil discourse and educates students about the value of free expression.

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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