Research Funding Programs

The promotion and encouragement of research and scholarship are among SMS’ primary purposes. This includes the generation, retention, and dissemination of new knowledge in the field of strategic management. In support of these goals, the Society operates Strategy Research Foundation (SRF) programs to award research grants to individuals or groups identified through a competitive application and review process.


The core activity of the SRF is to support research through the awarding of grants. These grants will support research to be conducted by those individuals or groups who respond to requests for proposals generated by the SRF and who succeed in a competitive application and review process.

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SRF Leadership

The SRF Programs are currently directed by co-chairs Michael Leiblein and Cathy Maritan. Chairs of the SRF Leadership are appointed to staggered three-year renewable terms. The primary responsibility of the SRF Co-Chairs is to develop and review themes and focus areas for the SRF. To learn more about the leadership of the SRF please select the button below.


Research Endowment

The SRF research-funding programs are motivated by a strong belief that the field of strategic management will benefit from an entity devoted to supporting research that advances its concepts, theory, and practice. To ensure the ongoing availability of funds for the SRF programs and grants, the SMS has set aside the major part of its reserves in a Research Endowment fund. Click here for more information about this endowment.

Grant Recipients

Click here to view a list of active grants.  Recipients for other years can be found here.