Large Research Grants on Education – Jan 24th

Posted by Spencer Foundation on December 12, 2023

Spencer Foundation invites proposals for large education research grants

The Spencer Foundation invites applications for its Large Research Grants on Education program, which supports education research projects with the potential to contribute to improving education broadly conceived.

The program aims to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious, and technically sound research relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling educational opportunities. The foundation aims to support scholarships that develop new foundational knowledge that may have a lasting impact on educational discourse. The program supports proposals from multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both domestically and internationally, from scholars at various career stages.

Proposals may span various topics and disciplines that creatively investigate questions central to education, including anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, law, economics, history, and neuroscience. Researchers may incorporate data from multiple and varied sources spanning a sufficient time to achieve a depth of understanding and/or work closely with practitioners or community members over the project’s life. Research may employ many methods and techniques, including quantitative, qualitative, mixed, ethnographic, design-based, participatory, and historical. Projects that thoughtfully consider their findings’ trajectories, implications, and potential impacts, including how the knowledge may be shared and utilized across the field, in practice, in policy-making, and/or with the broader public, are encouraged. (The program is “field-initiated,” in which proposals are not requested in response to a particular research topic, discipline, design, or method.)

Through the program, projects with budgets ranging from $125,000 to $500,000 over one to five years will be considered.

Principal investigators and co-PIs must have a doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field or have obtained appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. Applicants should be affiliated with a nonprofit organization or public/governmental institution.

An intent to apply is due January 24, 2024, at 12 noon CT, and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, due February 27, 2024, at 12 noon CT.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Spencer Foundation website.

Deadline: January 24, 2024 at 12 noon CT (Intent to Apply)

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