Leonardo da Vinci Fellowship Research Grants

The Leonardo da Vinci Fellowship Research Grant Program provides significant funding for scholarship in intellectual property law. This program is a key component of CPIP’s mission to promote a better discussion about intellectual property rights and their fundamental role in a successful and flourishing economy.

Proposed research topics can be in any IP or IP-related field, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, or rights of publicity, among others. The research proposals can address any topic or issue within these fields, providing economic, philosophical, historical, scientific, or doctrinal analysis, among others.

Proposals are reviewed by a committee of academics with broad knowledge and experience in IP law. The Grant Committee reviews each submission for its quality as an academic research project, considering such issues as novelty of the research topic, viability of the thesis, and contribution to the diversity of academic and public discourse about IP policy.

Any scholar may apply. Leonardo da Vinci Grants are not restricted to full-time, tenure-track, or tenured law professors. Grants are awarded to professors in any field or to individuals working outside of official academic institutions who wish to conduct scholarly research. For instance, graduate students, visiting associate professors, policy analysts, and lawyers have all applied for Leonardo da Vinci Grants in the past.

Grant recipients will have additional opportunities to present their research at CPIP’s conferences and events. CPIP will also work with Leonardo da Vinci Fellows to publicize and promote their work to the scholarly and policy communities through essays, teleforums, panel discussions, and other programs.

Grant amounts are in the four- to five-figure range and are determined based on several factors, including, among others:

  • The nature and scope of the proposed research project and resulting work-product (e.g., essay, article, book, or book chapter)
  • Whether the project requires data collection or experiments
  • The timeliness and relevance of the research project

Amounts available for grants may vary from year to year, depending on the quantity and quality of proposals and the available funding. Leonardo da Vinci Fellows will receive a portion of the grant following approval of the research project and the remaining amount upon acceptance of the research paper (or article, book, etc.). Funded papers must be submitted for publication.

For more information about the program, including application procedures, please click here.