Proposals to the Research-Practice Partnership program must be for research and other activities aimed to support collaborative partnerships between academic researcher(s) and a broad array of practitioner(s) of education.
Research is fundamental to every research-practice partnership, and the Foundation expects research activities to be the central element of every proposal. In addition to detailing a plan for research, successful applicants may also prioritize plans for communicating and disseminating key findings that have the potential to foster positive educational changes.
Activities eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:
Further details about these activities can be found at https://www.spencer.org/grant_types/research-practice-partnerships.pdf#page=4.
The Foundation also sees the importance of developing the next generation of scholars and practitioners who are prepared to collaborate in partnerships to improve both practice and research. The Foundation encourages proposals that include funds dedicated to the development of skills and expertise in conducting research in partnership for graduate students and early-career professionals and researchers. While it is expected that most proposals will include funds to support graduate students as part of the partnership, proposals could include plans for training and education beyond that.