Discovery Grants

Initiative on the Sharing Economy discovery grants support transdisciplinary partnerships and collaborative research by University of Minnesota faculty and researchers on themes related to the sharing economy, especially shared mobility and shared transportation. Grants also may include efforts that explore the full range of sharing economy topics, including various applications of on-demand and peer-to-peer provisioning of products and services.

2017 Discovery Grants

Two proposals for the Initiative on the Sharing Economy 2017 discovery grants have been selected:

More Information

For additional information about the grants, please contact Saif Benjaafar, Initiative director, at With questions about the selection process, please contact Kristina Nesse at or 612-626-4965.


  • Implications for Ownership, Usage, and Social Welfare in the Sharing Economy," submitted to Management Science, 2015 (flagship journal of INFORMS).
  • Benjaafar, S., G. Kong, X. Li, and C. Courcoubetis, "Modeling and Analysis of Collaborative Consumption in Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing," forthcoming in ACM SIGMETRICS Performance Evaluation Review, 2015 (Special Issue to dedicated to the Proceedings of NetEcon 2015 – The 10th Workshop on the Economics of Networks, Systems and Computation, Portland, Oregon, June 15, 2015).
  • Yu, Y., S. Benjaafar and Y. Gerchak, "On Service Capacity Pooling and Cost Sharing among Independent Firms," forthcoming in Production and Operations Management, 2015 (Winner of the IIE Pritsker Best Doctoral Dissertation Award).
  • Suh, K. and T. Smith, and M. Linhoff, "Leveraging Socially Networked Mobile ICT Platforms for the Last-Mile Delivery Problem," Environmental Science and Technology, 46, 9481−9490, 2012.