Grants for Innovation

As part of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program or Visiting Scholar Program, the Innovation grants are designed to support work that can create a better transatlantic understanding of issues at the heart of the U.S.-EU relationship, particularly at the intersection of policy and technology. This award will give preference to proposals focused on EU or U.S.-EU approaches to innovative technologies and business models and their integration with new and existing policies and regulations. Successful proposals should address research topics focusing on the intersection of technological innovation and policy, such as but not limited to data privacy and protection. The policy-oriented research funded by this grant should be of common importance for the U.S.-EU relationship and/or EU affairs and tenable in any one or two EU Member States. Candidates are responsible for arranging their own affiliation at a U.S. university or non-profit research institution.

It is not required for candidates to have developed a new technology; the purpose of the grant is for candidates to explore the nexus of policy and technology. How can the U.S. and EU work together to adapt to the challenges and opportunities created by new technologies? There is no template for the ideal candidate; it is up to each applicant to demonstrate their expertise and the relevance of their work to this grant opportunity through their application.

Intended programs
  • Research with a focus on innovation
Application period
  • September 15 till December 1 (at noon CET)
  • Review eligibility requirements below and include all required documents in your online application.

How to apply

The application period to apply for this grant is between September 15 and December 1 for applicants who intend to start their program in the next academic year.

E.g. if you intend to start a program in the academic year of 2024-2025, you will need to apply for a grant between September 15 and December 1, 2023.

The application procedure is the same as when applying for either a (pre)Doctoral (students) or Post-Doctoral Research (scholars) grant. Please follow the instructions via the links on the right side. In the ‘Country Information’ section of the application you can specify that you are applying for the Innovation Award.

Applications that fit the description of the Innovation grants will automatically be considered during the current application cycle, thus no separate application is necessary.