Facebook Skip to main content


Bradford-Osborne Research Award

About the Bradford-Osborne Research Award

Bill Bradford (left) and Al Osborne (right)

Bill Bradford (left) and Al Osborne (right)

Named for its founders, Bill Bradford and Al Osborne, who, over their 40+ year careers, have published more than 60 research articles focused on entrepreneurs of color and the dynamics of their businesses. Their funding of this award is yet another of their many innovations.

Bill is an Emeritus Dean and Emeritus Professor of the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. Al is the founder and faculty director of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the UCLA Anderson School of Management where he is also a Professor of Global Economics, Management, and Entrepreneurship

In addition to recognizing groundbreaking research, the award seeks to stimulate additional research, provide public and corporate policy makers with insights to guide decision-making, and equip business support organizations to deliver impactful programming.

2022 Call For Submissions

The goal of the Bradford-Osborne Research Award is to advance scholarly research on entrepreneurship and business ownership by under-represented minority individuals, families, and communities in the United States. Papers that were published in peer-review journals over the last three years (2019, 2020, and 2021) will be considered. The award recipient will receive a $5,000 prize and will present her/his paper on August 3, 2022 at an awards ceremony at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Travel expenses for this presentation will be provided by the Foster School to the award. For co-authored papers, the prize will be shared by the lead authors.

Deadline:
The deadline for paper submission for the award is March 7, 2022.
Submit an entry

2022 Award Ceremony

The award will be presented on August 3 at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. To be added to the invitation list for this ceremony please complete this form.

Previous Award Winners

The Impact of COVID-19 on Small Business Owners: The First Three Months after Social-Distancing Restrictions (2021 Bradford-Osborne Research Award)
Robert Fairlie
Professor of Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Robert Fairlie was recognized for his important and timely research which was published in 2021 in the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. Fairlie’s research was one of the first papers published in academic journals to explore the impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses.

The Colorblind Crowd? Founder Race and Performance in Crowdfunding (2020 Bradford-Osborne Research Award)
Peter Younkin
Associate Professor of Management, University of Oregon, Lundquist College of Business
Venkat Kuppuswamy
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Northeastern University, D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Published in 2017 in Management Science this paper uniquely combined methods and concrete/evidence-based recommendations regarding the disadvantage that African American men face when attempting to raise funding.

Lifetime Leadership Award

Timothy Bates
Distinguished Professor of Economics, Wayne State University (ret.)

Since 1973, Tim has published nearly 100 peer-review articles, 30 articles in the business and popular press, and five books on issues related to entrepreneurs of color. Prior to teaching at Wayne State he was Chair of the Urban Policy Analysis graduate programs and Professor or Urban Policy Analysis at the New School for Social Research and Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Vermont. He’s also taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin.