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Currently, the BFRF is accepting: 

  • Mini grant Award applications
  • Open Access Fee Reimbursement requests
Please visit the BFRF Portal to find these electronic forms and applications. Also see Research Proposals for more detailed eligibility information.

Babson Research Day  

On February 2, 2018, Babson will host its second annual Babson Research Day.  Here is the 2018 agenda:

3 New Summer Stipends for 2018

2 New BFRF Summer Stipend Focused on Family Entrepreneurship

 In partnership with the Babson Faculty Research Fund (BFRF), the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship is excited to announce support for 2 new 2018 summer stipends for research on any topics or interests that focus on family entrepreneurship.  We are particularly interested in proposals that focus on families as the primary dependent variable and, then, on families who are engaged in entrepreneurial activities.  In addition, we welcome exploration of family entrepreneurship through a variety of disciplinary perspectives including the humanities and arts. We could imagine projects focused on family histories, family systems dynamics, literature on families, creative families, etc. 

 IFE will support 2 summer stipends of $10,000 each to be paid in the same fashion as all BFRF funding. Applications will be reviewed by the BFRF and a member of the IFE who is not eligible to apply. All applicants should follow the standard BFRF course release/summer stipend submission process. In your submission, please note that you would also like your submission to be considered for the IFE grant in addition to the more general summer stipends. Please note the deadline for these submissions coincides with the BFRF deadline of January 24, 2018. 

1 New BFRF Summer Stipend Sponsored by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor

In partnership with the Babson Faculty Research Fund (BFRF), the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor is excited to announce support for 1 new 2018 summer stipend for research using the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) data. GEM is the largest and most comprehensive survey of entrepreneurship in the world. Co-founded at Babson, and beginning in 1999, GEM surveys around 200,000 adults in more than 60 economies each year. GEM was developed and continues to be administered by a worldwide consortium of academic research experts. The research's rigorous design and central oversight provides high quality data that is comparable across all participating economies.

 GEM's measures include societal attitudes toward entrepreneurship, participation in multiple phases of the entrepreneurship process, and profile and impact indicators. The data can be used to support diverse research opportunities, particularly when combined with other data sources. Researchers have used GEM data to study women, social enterprise, corporate venturing, finance, youth, and other topics. Over 250 peer-reviewed academic articles have been published with GEM research, including top level journals in management, international business, innovation management, entrepreneurship and other disciplines (i.e. Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, and Journal of Business Venturing).

 GEM will support 1 summer stipend of $10,000 to be paid in the same fashion as all BFRF funding. Applications will be reviewed by the BFRF and a member of the GEM project who is not eligible for funding. All applicants should follow the standard BFRF course release/summer stipend submission process. In your submission, please note that you would also like your submission to be considered for the GEM grant in addition to more general summer funding. Research teams which include faculty from across multiple departments at Babson are strongly encouraged. Please note the deadline for these submissions coincides with the BFRF deadline of January 24, 2018. 

 GEM team members will be hosting a Trim lunch on Thursday, January 11 to discuss research ideas and answer questions. You may also contact Donna Kelley with any questions about GEM specifically or Sandra Castaldini about BFRF more broadly.


BFRF: Who are we?

The mandate of the Babson Faculty Research Fund is to encourage and support a variety of thought leadership and research activities, with the following objectives paramount:

  • to sustain, enhance, and renew the intellectual vitality of faculty by supporting the building of intellectual capital through meritorious research;
  • and to increase the public visibility and academic reputation of the College and its faculty, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The Babson Faculty Research Fund is here to serve faculty members in all stages of their research activities. The BFRF, through a competitive process, provides financial support for meritorious faculty research projects.

In addition to supporting individual faculty research projects, the BFRF engages in other activities throughout the year to keep the Babson faculty and staff informed about ongoing research, faculty research publications and presentations, and funding opportunities. The BFRF sponsors programs that feature faculty research presentations, and publishes newsletters, and has an annual Research Day.