Center for Municipal Finance

Funding opportunities for researchers working on state and local government finance

Chicago Harris Center for Municipal Finance Research Grants

The Center for Municipal Finance at the University of Chicago announces a Request for Proposals (RFP). The Center will fund academic research projects that bring innovative ideas and approaches to state and local government finance. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to: state and local taxation, public sector pensions, the municipal bond market, infrastructure, and the politics of public finance. Preference will be given to projects with the potential to influence public policy.

Grant Awards

Two to three grants of up to $50,000 each will be awarded in 2016. Funding is for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year.


The RFP is open to researchers in public policy, economics, political science, sociology, law, and related disciplines.

Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. or J.D. and hold an academic appointment at a U.S. college or university.


Applicants should submit the following: (a) one- to two-page proposal summarizing the project idea, methodology, outputs, and impact; (b) budget (grant funds cannot be used for indirect costs); and (c) current C.V. of the principal investigator(s). Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2016. Finalists will be asked for an expanded proposal of not more than 5 pages.

Contact for Submissions and Questions

Amanda Kass
Assistant Director, Center for Municipal Finance
The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
773.834.1468 (o)