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Health Care Research Grants

Quality, affordable, and accessible health care is vital for people to pursue healthy and meaningful lives.

In the span of just a few generations, scientific advances and technological innovations have brought significant improvements in medicine, making possible many things once presumed impossible. Unfortunately, public policy has stifled innovation in both the delivery of health care and how it’s financed. This disproportionate progress has made it difficult for the adoption of new technologies, and current policies risk stifling future innovation. We believe that a vastly superior health care system is possible, one that outperforms the status quo on cost, quality, access, outcomes, and many other margins.

Grant Description

The Charles Koch Foundation invites scholars, researchers, and subject matter experts to submit grant proposals for research, case studies, or comparative analysis on barriers to better health and how best to address them. Specific topics could include:

The demand-side of health care

  • Innovative payment systems that align incentives across providers and patients.
  • The role markets could play in the payment systems of health care, such as the effects of competition, entrepreneurship, or free entry.
  • Public policy that affects the demand for health care at the federal and state levels, particularly the financing of health care and insurance coverage.
  • The effects of the third-party payment system on the U.S. health care system.

The supply-side of health care

  • Innovative delivery models that provide superior access and quality at a lower cost.
  • The role markets could play in the delivery of health care products and services, such as the effects of competition, entrepreneurship, or free entry.
  • Impediments to disruptive provider models, technologies, process improvements, and treatment scaling.
  • Public choice implications of health care public policy, such as rent-seeking, regulatory capture, and interest group politics, which erect barriers to lower-cost, high-quality care options.
  • Historical analysis of how our health care system has evolved, various attempts to reform, significant public policy changes, and possible paths forward.

Grant Criteria

  • A one-to-two-page abstract of the project on behalf of your university or college. 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.