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Research Grants on Education: Large

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Spencer Foundation

LOI Date:

05/04/22

Deadline Date:

06/15/22 12:00 PM Noon CT

Description:

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International researchers affiliated with nonprofit organizations, IHEs, research facilities, and school districts for research projects that contribute to improvements in education. Applicants must submit an intent to apply prior to submitting a full application. The Large Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived.

This 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 values work that fosters creative and open-minded scholarship, engages in deep inquiry, and examines robust questions related to education. To this end, this program supports proposals from multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both domestically and internationally, from scholars at various stages in their careers. The Foundation anticipates that proposals 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.

Moreover, the Foundation expects and welcomes methodological diversity in answering pressing questions; thus, the Foundation is open to projects that utilize a wide array of research methods including quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, ethnographies, design-based research, participatory methods, historical research, to name a few. The Foundation is open to projects that might incorporate data from multiple and varied sources, span a sufficient length of time to achieve a depth of understanding, or work closely with practitioners or community members over the life of the project. In addition, the Foundation welcomes proposals submitted by multidisciplinary and multigenerational teams who are positioned to both contribute to the project as well as contribute to the teaching and learning of fellow team members.

Finally, the Foundation encourages teams to thoughtfully consider and describe plans regarding the trajectories of their project’s findings, implications, and potential effects, especially how the knowledge may be shared and utilized across the field in practice, policy making, or with broader publics.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193651

Estimated Size of Grant:

Large Research Grant budget totals should be between $125,000 and $500,000, including up to 15% indirect cost charges. The Foundation anticipates awarding grants with budgets across each of the following funding tiers -- $125,000 to 250,000; $250,001 to $375,000; and $375,001 to $500,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects ranging from one to five years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a Large Research Grant on Education must have an earned 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 or public/governmental institution 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 or public colleges, universities, school districts, and research facilities, as well as other non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS (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 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:

Application Deadlines:
- Applications Open: March 2, 2022
- Intent to Apply: Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 12:00 Noon Central time
- Full Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 12:00 Noon Central time

PIs and Co-PIs may not submit more than one research proposal to the Spencer Foundation at a time. Organizations may submit as many proposals as they like 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.

Register and apply online: https://spencer.smartsimple.us/

Program contact:
Maricelle Garcia
largegrants@spencer.org

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Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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