The Searle Freedom Trust aims to foster research and education on public policy issues that affect individual freedom and economic liberty.
The Trust is primarily interested in supporting domestic public policy research on a range of issues, including:
- tax and budget policy;
- cost-benefit analysis of regulatory practices and proposals;
- the workings of the legal system;
- environmental policy;
- social welfare reform; and,
- K-12 and higher education policy.
The Foundation invests primarily in scholarship that results in the publication of books, journal articles, and policy papers. Funding is typically provided in the form of research grants, fellowships, and other types of targeted project support.
Funding is also provided for public interest litigation and outreach to the public through a variety of forums, including sponsorship of research conferences and seminars, film and journalism projects, and new media initiatives.
The Trust does not typically support the following:
- building projects;
- organizations that are not nonprofit, charitable organizations;
- organizations that are primarily dependent upon government funds;
- unspecified overhead costs associated with university research projects;
- capital campaigns; or,
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