Small Research Grants Upcoming Deadline – November 1, 2018

Sponsor Name: Spencer Foundation

Deadline Dates: Small Research Grant proposals are accepted 4 times per year – November 1, 2018; February 1, 2019; May 1, 2019; and August 1, 2019.

Program Objectives

The Small Research Grants program is intended to support education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. In keeping with the Spencer Foundation’s mission, this program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived.

Historically, the work funded through these grants has spanned, a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and they employ a wide range of research methods. The following examples of recently funded small grants illustrate the diversity of what the Sponsor wishes to support:

* 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.
* A mixed-methods study focusing on the different types of knowledge novice and experienced teachers draw on in teaching for reading comprehension.

Eligibility Requirements

Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a research grant must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession.

The PI must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, non-profit research facility, or non-profit cultural institution that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded. The Spencer Foundation does not award grants directly to individuals. 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.

Funding Guidelines

Proposals must have a budget of $50,000 or less. Small Research Grant budgets may not include indirect cost charges. (mfr)

Sponsor Contact Information

Jasmine Janicki
Attn: (Primary Area of Inquiry)
625 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 1600
Chicago 60611
United States
Phone: 312-274-6511
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