Research Grants Program

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Research Grants Program


Sponsored by William T. Grant Foundation

Contact:Nancy Rivera-Torres, Grants Coordinator, Major Grants and Officers’ Research Grants
William T. Grant Foundation
60 E. 42nd St., 43rd Fl.
New York, NY 10165

Phone: 212.752.0071
Email: (For questions)
Description:The William T. Grant Foundation supports research with the potential to improve the lives of young people between the ages of 5 and 25. The foundation awards Research Grants that address its two primary areas of interest: an initiative to increase understanding of programs, policies, and practices that can mitigate the impact of inequality on US children and youth; and strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. Note these are two separate grant programs and require separate applications. Funding for each may be for major projects or Officers’ research grants for smaller projects, such as new data collection, which may be stand-alone projects or part of larger projects.

Eligible applicants are nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations; individuals are not funded. Proposed projects must be aligned with the foundation’s research focus and represent empirical studies. Applicants must have already performed a literature review, identified specific research questions or hypotheses, and possess sufficiently detailed research methods and data analysis plans for reviewers to evaluate project rigor.

Proposals must demonstrate adequate consideration of the gender, ethnic, and cultural appropriateness of concepts, methods, and measures. The foundation values proposals that make use of mixed methods and interdisciplinary work, include practitioners or policymakers on the research team, combine senior and junior staff to facilitate mentoring of junior investigators, are led by members of groups underrepresented in academia, and generate data useful to other researchers. The application procedure requires an initial Letter of Inquiry; selected applicants are then invited to submit a full proposal.
Eligibility:Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s):Research Grants on reducing inequality typically range from $100,000 to $600,000 over two to three years; Research Grants on improving the use of research evidence typically range from $100,000 to $1 million over two to four years; Officers’ research grants for both programs range from $5,000 to $50,000.
Deadline(s):Letters of Inquiry are due January 9, 2020.
Focus:Family/Social Services, General Education, Underserved Populations
Grade Level(s):K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Adult, Higher Ed
Content Area(s): Social Studies/Sciences
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Critical Thinking, Innovation, Problem Solving
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