The Industry Studies program, launched in 1990 and completed in 2010, aimed to promote high quality scholarship about particular industries through encouraging close interaction between academics and industry practitioners.
From 1990 through 2010, the Foundation committed nearly $100 million to spur high-quality, innovative, empirically-based research on the function and structure of particular industries. Grantmaking took a variety of forms, including the support of multi-disciplinary research centers devoted to the study of particular industries; conferences and workshops; funds for fieldwork, data collection, and analysis; a working paper series; fellowships for early-career researchers in the field, and a series of annual prizes for the best dissertation, paper, and scholarly book on a relevant industry-studies-related topic.
A final Foundation grant supported the creation of the Industry Studies Association, a professional membership association that continues to serve the community of industry studies researchers and serves as a lasting legacy of the Foundation's contributions to the development of the field.
Foundation support for the Industry Studies program concluded in 2010.