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Research Grants on Education: Small

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Spencer Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/09/22 12:00 PM Noon Central Time

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International researchers who are affiliated with nonprofit organizations, such as IHEs, school districts, and research facilities, for research projects in the field of education. Funding is intended to support field-initiated academic research studies spanning a range of disciplines and topics that explore improvements in education. Funded projects may pertain to any stage or level from early childhood to adult learning, and may focus on contexts outside of school.

The Small Research Grants Program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location.The goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education. The Foundation seeks to support scholarship that develops new foundational knowledge that may have a lasting impact on educational discourse.

The Foundation values work that fosters creative and open-minded scholarship, engages in deep inquiry, and examines robust questions related to education. To this end, the program supports proposals from multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both domestically and internationally, from scholars at various stages in their career. Funded projects will span a wide range of topics and disciplines that innovatively investigate questions central to education, including for example education, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, law, economics, history, or neuroscience, amongst others.

Projects may utilize a wide array of research methods including quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, ethnographies, design-based research, participatory methods, and historical research, to name a few. Projects may incorporate data from multiple and varied sources, span a sufficient length of time as to achieve a depth of understanding, or work closely with practitioners or community members over the life of the project.

Eligible investigators may request additional supplemental funds for a course release.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172494

Estimated Size of Grant:

Budgets are up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects range from one to five years. Projects proposed may not be longer than 5 years in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a Small Research Grant on Education must have earned a doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. While graduate students may be part of the research team, they may not be named the PI or Co-PI on the proposal.

The PI must be affiliated with a non-profit organization that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. The Spencer Foundation does not award grants directly to individuals. Examples include non-profit colleges, universities, school districts, and research facilities, as well as other non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS S (or equivalent nonprofit status if the organization is outside of the United States).

Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally, however, all proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be proposed in U.S. Dollars.

Proposals to the Research Grants on Education program must be for academic research projects that aim to study education. Proposals for activities other than research are not eligible (e.g., program evaluations, professional development, curriculum development, scholarships, capital projects). Additionally, proposals for research studies focused on areas other than education, are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines:
- Applications Open: June 1, 2022
- Full Proposal Deadline: August 9, 2022 (12:00 noon Central Time)

The review process for this program takes approximately 6-7 months from the deadline date.

Applications are accepted three times per year.

The application process begins with a full proposal; there is no requirement to submit a letter of intent or intent to apply form.

PIs and Co-PIs may only hold one active research grant from the Spencer Foundation at a time. However, they may apply for a new grant while they have an active grant at Spencer if the active grant will end before the anticipated start date of the new project. (This restriction does not apply to the administering organization; organizations may submit as many proposals as they like - even at one time - as long as they are for different projects and have different research teams.)

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application form: https://spencer.smartsimple.us/s_Login.jsp

Program Contact:
Jasmine Knetl
smallgrants@spencer.org

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