SPENCER Foundation

PROGRAM: “The Spencer Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for proposals to support intellectually ambitious, large-scale education research projects. This program encourages proposals initiated by scholars across a variety of disciplines and fields in an effort to create much-needed space for creative and ambitious research projects that promise to advance our understanding of educational practice and its improvement.”

DUE Date: 4:00 pm CDT, October 12, 2017

AWARD Amount: Up to $1,000,000



PROGRAM: “The William T. Grant Foundation is excited to announce a new funding opportunity for research institutions working in partnership with youth-serving organizations in a range of systems, such as education, justice, child welfare, mental health, immigration, and workforce development. The Institutional Challenges Grant encourages research institutions to build sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. To do so, research institutions will need to build the capacity of agency and nonprofit partners to use research. Equally important, research institutions will need to shift their policies and practice to value collaborative research.”

OPEN Date: June 15, 2017

DUE Date: September 12, 2017

AWARD Amount: One $650,000, three-year Institutional Challenge Grant will be awarded annually to an eligible research institution that partners with a state or local agency department and division or a nonprofit organization that is open to the general public



PROGRAM: “The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity designed to help the foundation and the broader education sector better understand how deeper learning practices achieve sustained, scaled impact in school systems. Today, far too few students, especially those who are farthest away from opportunity, get to experience sufficient levels of instructional practices that support deeper learning in their classrooms and schools. The Hewlett Foundation aims to understand how to remove systemic barriers in K-12 public schools, as well as understand how deeper learning practices most quickly spread and have outsized effects so that all students have equitable access to these practices. With this grant opportunity, we seek to fill these knowledge gaps to help us and the education sector — in particular, researchers, practitioners, funders and policymakers — spread sustainable deeper learning practices to more school systems around the country. To that end, we aim to generate new knowledge that helps strengthen scientific theory-building among researchers as well as practical, action-oriented knowledge that can support the strategic spread of practices among practitioners and the funders and policymakers who set the conditions for practitioner action. As a result, we are opening this grant opportunity beyond just existing grantees, and focusing on research-practice partnerships that bridge academic expertise with on-the-ground practitioner experience in school systems.”

DUE Date: June 23, 2017, 5:00 PM PDT

AWARD Amount: The Foundation will invest a total of approximately $10 million over a three-year period, with approximately $5 million in year one (2017), $3 million in year two (2018), and $2 million in year three (2019). This letter of interest is associated with the $5 million to be awarded in year one (2017) to build the initial cohort of research-practice partnerships. The Foundation anticipates awarding up to 10 grants in year one.

Concept paper and request for letters of interest: Here


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