Innovation Fund

Research grants for students and faculty



The Griffin Applied Economics Incubator serves as a platform to develop innovative approaches, advance and disseminate new research, and accelerate talent in a specified field each academic year. Towards that end, the Incubator is pleased to announce the availability of research grants through its Innovation Fund.

Despite a wealth of literature that demonstrates the value of early childhood interventions, the promise of such evidence-based programs has yet to generate significant population-level change for children and caregivers living in poverty. For this reason, the Incubator is dedicated to generating new evidence and greater understanding of the science of scaling through the lens of early childhood.

One of the ways that the Incubator will stimulate innovative thinking in this area is by financially supporting promising research through its Innovation Fund. See below for information regarding faculty and student grants.


The call for faculty proposals is now closed.

The Incubator Executive Committee is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s faculty Innovation Fund grants: Professor James J. Heckman’s “Investigating the Midlife Impacts of the Abecedarian Project: Exploring Potential Policy Adaptations to Target Disadvantaged Populations”; Professors Ariel Kalil and Susan E. Mayer’s “Understanding Differences in Parents’ Investment in Their Children’s School Readiness”; Professors Susan C. Levine and Stephen W. Raudenbush’s “Getting on Track Early for School Success: Scaling Up an Assessment-Instruction System for Preschool Math”; and Professor Susan Goldin-Meadow’s “Improving Children’s Learning from Math Games in India.”


The call for student proposals is now closed.

The Incubator is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s student Innovation Fund grants: Jacob Butts and Madeleine Oswald, Elizabeth Huppert (with Dr. Jean Decety and Dr. Anya Samek), David J. Knight, and Mohammad Moravej and Majid Ahmadi.

Questions about the Kenneth C. Griffin Applied Incubator Innovation Fund Grants can be sent to Diana Smith at or 773-702-8176.