Financial Literacy Research Projects

Posted by on February 07, 2011

National Endowment for Financial Education Offers Support for Financial Literacy Research Projects
Deadline: June 7, 2011; December 6, 2011 (Concept Inquiry Form)

The National Endowment for Financial Education, a nonprofit, national foundation wholly dedicated to improving the financial well-being of all Americans, has announced guidelines for its 2011 grant program.

The NEFE grants program seeks to fund innovative research and research-based development projects that can make a profound contribution to the field of financial literacy. Inquiries are encouraged from disciplines in fields as diverse as behavior, economics, neuroscience, sociology, psychology, marketing, finance, education, change theory, decision sciences, and others.

Of particular interest are pro-active research projects whose findings may cultivate critical thinking in the financial literacy community. Also of interest are development projects that put research recommendations into action. Project outcomes must be capable of achieving traction and measurable impact with audiences such as financial education intermediaries, researchers, practitioners, decision makers, and others who can achieve effective outreach to a target population with an unmet financial literacy need or to the general public.

NEFE awards grants each year in varying amounts, depending on the number and type of requests received, the size and scope of the projects for which funding is requested, and the financial commitments needed to support activities in other areas of NEFE. Recent grant awards for research projects have ranged from $100,000 to $208,000 per project.

Grants are awarded only to U.S.-based organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or its equivalent for colleges and universities.

Applicants are invited to submit a Concept Inquiry Form by the deadline for one of NEFE’s two annual cycles. NEFE gives potential grantees an opportunity to participate in informational session calls prior to the Concept Inquiry Form submission deadline.

For compete program guidelines, examples of previously funded projects, and for the informational session call schedule and registration details, visit the NEFE Web site.

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