Spencer Foundation Research Grants on Education: COVID-19 Related Special Grant Cycle

Spencer Foundation Research Grants on Education: COVID-19 Related Special Grant Cycle

Deadline: June 8, 2020

Applications for Spencer Research Grants on Education: COVID-19 Related Special Grant Cycle. The COVID-19 Related Research Grants supports education research projects that will understand the rapid shifts and contribute to the improvement of education during this time of crisis with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to three years. 

They are especially interested in supporting two primary categories of projects. First, we are interested in supporting studies that aim to understand and disrupt the reproduction and deepening of educational inequality caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Second, they also recognize that in times of great disruption and change, there may be opportunities to remake and imagine new forms of equitable education. Thus, they are also interested in research projects that are working to reimagine educational opportunities in these times.

As with other Spencer grant programs, this program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. Their goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious, and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education in these times.

Benefits

They will be accepting applications on a rolling basis with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to three years.

Eligibility

  • Proposals to this program must be for academic research projects that aim to study education.
  • Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a COVID-19 Related Research Grant on Education must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. While graduate students may be part of the research team, they may not be named the PI or Co-PI on the proposal.
  • The PI must be affiliated with a non-profit organization that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. The Spencer Foundation does not award grants directly to individuals. Examples include non-profit colleges, universities, school districts, and research facilities, as well as other non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS.
  • 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.

Note:

  • Proposed budgets for this program are limited to $50,000 total and may not include indirect cost charges per Spencer’s policy.
  • Projects proposed may not be longer than 3 years in duration.
  • PIs and Co-PIs may hold both a COVID-19 research grant and an additional research grant from the Spencer Foundation.
  • PIs and Co-PIs may not submit more than one application to this program.

Application

They will be accepting applications on a rolling basis. They will review applications received by May 4th, again on May 18th, and again on June 8th.

  • The application process begins with a full proposal; there is no requirement to submit a letter of intent or intent to apply form.
  • Proposals must be submitted through an online application form following the guidelines below.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit Spencer Foundation.

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