The NBER Project on the Economics of Digitization seeks proposals on topics related to the causes behind the growth of digital technologies and the consequences from their increasing use. These topics include studies of the role of copyright in shaping digital economic activity, the economics of privacy and online security, digitization in labor markets, how new models of advertising alter the shape of online activities, and the role of digitization in innovation, entrepreneurship and productivity. 

Applicants need not be affiliated with the NBER. Applications are not limited to US residents. Grantees are not expected to be resident at the NBER, and can use the funds for a variety of purchases, including data acquisition and travel related to the research topic. The funds cannot be used for Summer Salary.  No indirect costs are allowed. Preference will be given to junior scholars whose research focuses on digital economics. Please note that grants are awarded to individuals and not their institution. 

To apply, submit a proposal of not more than 2 pages, a CV, and a budget estimate by 11.59 pm EST on January 14, 2021 through this link:

A committee consisting of Alejandro Zentner (UT Dallas) and Catherine Tucker (MIT) will evaluate the proposals. Please direct any questions to

The Economics of Digitization Project is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and is part of the NBER Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program.