Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Industry Studies

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Industry Studies program was founded in 1990.  Its primary mission is to encourage close interaction between academics and industry in order to stimulate new lines of inquiry and broaden the impact of scholarly research.

Industry studies researchers focus on topics related to firms and the markets in which they compete.  Their research is characterized by a substantial investment of time to learn first-hand about the markets, firms and institutions in the industries they study.  This approach requires interaction with industry practitioners and fieldwork, often including observation and/or primary data collection.

The Foundation is no longer accepting research proposals in this program; however, industry studies researchers may apply for grants under other Foundation programs, such as Economic Institutions, Behavior and Performance.