The Batten Institute at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business provides limited research support for prominent thought leaders or researchers of high promise who have an active agenda that aligns with the mission and priorities of the Institute. The Batten Fellows program provides funding and other resources to generate new knowledge about entrepreneurship and innovation.
The aims of the program are:
- Support work related to current UVA Darden & Batten Institute research initiatives;
- Advance research that results in academic articles, books, and other high-impact publications;
- Provide thought leadership of importance to managers, policymakers, and the public; and
- Stimulate the intellectual life of the Institute, the Darden School, and the University of Virginia.
Special Call for Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Research
This year, the program especially welcomes proposals that explore the antecedents and consequences of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Many regional elements contribute to entrepreneurial ecosystems including localized cultural outlooks, social networks, investment capital, universities, and active economic policies, among others. The Batten Institute is eager to support research in this emerging field in order to foster an understanding of how entrepreneurial activity advances local prosperity.
Submissions for this year’s program are not limited to ecosystems research, although the selection committee will give special consideration to projects on this topic.