The Center for Municipal Finance announces a Request for Proposals (RFP). The Center will fund academic research that brings 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.

2017 Grant

One grant of up to $25,000 will be awarded in 2017. 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 PhD or JD and hold an academic appointment at a US college or university.


Grantees will provide the Center with (1) an academic paper and (2) a policy brief/white paper that will be published on the Center for Municipal Finance’s website (with attribution to Grantee). 


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 CV of the principal investigator(s).

Applications must be submitted by 11:59PM, Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Review of applications will begin on November 2, 2017. Finalists will be notified November 15, 2017 and asked for an expanded proposal of not more than five pages.

Contact for submissions and questions

Zohrah Malik 
Administration Specialist, Center for Municipal Finance