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[Spencer Foundation’s Research Grants] You can receive up to $50,000 for your educational project

Deadline: 9 Aug 22

The Spencer Foundation is inviting applications for a small educational research grant.

The Small Research Grants program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions do not respond to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, or method. The goal of this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious, and technically sound research relevant to the most pressing issues and compelling opportunities in education. They seek to support research that develops fundamental new knowledge that can have a lasting impact on educational discourse.

They recognize that learning occurs throughout life as well as in all settings – from the classroom to the workplace, to family and community settings and even on the playground – everyone can, in the right circumstances, provide the basis for rewarding study. who makes important contributions to the field. They value work that fosters creative and open-minded scholarship, engages in in-depth inquiry, and examines sound issues related to education. To this end, this program supports proposals from multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both nationally and internationally, from scholars at different stages of their careers. They anticipate that proposals will cover a wide range of subjects and disciplines that innovatively investigate issues central to education, including for example education, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, law , economics, history or neuroscience, among others.

Funding Information

The Small Research Grants program supports educational research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly defined, with budgets of up to $50,000 for projects lasting one to five years. They accept applications three times a year.

Eligibility criteria
  • Proposals to the Education Research Grants program must be for academic research projects aimed at studying education. Proposals for activities other than research are not eligible (eg program evaluations, professional development, curriculum development, scholarships, capital projects). In addition, proposals for research studies focusing on fields other than education are not eligible.
  • Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-Investigators applying for a Small Educational Research Grant must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in a profession related to educational research. Although graduate students can be part of the research team, they cannot be named principal investigator or co-principal investigator on the proposal.
  • The IP must be affiliated with a non-profit organization or public/governmental institution that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded.
  • The Spencer Foundation does not make grants directly to individuals. Examples include nonprofit or public colleges, universities, school districts, and research centers, as well as other nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS (or an equivalent nonprofit status if the organization is outside the United States).
  • Proposals are accepted in the United States and internationally, however, all proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be submitted in US dollars.

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