Small Education Research Projects

Posted by Spencer Foundation on April 2, 2018

Spencer Foundation Accepting Applications for Small Education Research Projects

The Spencer Foundation was established in 1962 to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. The foundation is committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through research and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.

As part of this mission, the foundation is accepting applications for its Small Research Grants Program, which supports education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less.

In keeping with the foundation’s mission, the program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Historically, grants have supported research projects in a range of disciplines and on a range of topics, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology. Examples of recently funded projects include an experimental study of how college students use visual representations in solving math problems; a study exploring the process of racial and rural identity formation among African-American high-school students who attend de facto segregated schools in the rural South; and a mixed-methods study focused on the different types of knowledge novice and experienced teachers draw on in teaching for reading comprehension.

To be eligible, principal investigators and co-PIs must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or have appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. In addition, PIs must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, nonprofit research facility, or nonprofit cultural institution that is willing to serve as fiscal agent if the grant is awarded.

The foundation will begin accepting applications on April 3, and all applications must be received no later than May 1, 2018.

See the Spencer Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Deadline: May 1, 2018

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