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Spencer Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/13/21 12:00 PM NOON Central Time

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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International scholars affiliated with nonprofit organizations for symposia and small research meetings. Funding is intended to support new and one-time symposia and conferences addressing racial equity. Proposals are invited that discuss the current scope of research on racial equity, develop new knowledge through interdisciplinary scholarly engagement, or as a way to collaborate to increase the impact of educational research.

The Conference Grant Program provides support to scholars to organize small research conferences, focused symposia, or other convenings to explore critical issues in advancing racial equity in education research with budgets up to $50,000. This program is intended to bring together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other important collaborators whose expertise, substantive knowledge and practice, theoretical insight, or methodological expertise can be engaged in ways that help to build upon and advance racial equity in education research, practice, or policy. Proposals are invited that aim to grow the current scope of research on racial equity, develop new knowledge through interdisciplinary scholarly engagement, or as a way to collaborate to increase the impact of educational research. Importantly, proposals are welcomed that advance conceptualizations of strength- and resiliency-based perspectives. Finally, applicants are encouraged to carefully and innovatively think about the format and pedagogy of their proposed conference or convenings. The conference program is not restricted to traditional formats, so for example, applicants might consider a series of smaller convenings that are in-person or on-line, or some combination of both. All applications should consider how their convening will (a) bring together a diverse group of educational scholars and/or stakeholders, and (b) influence the public discourse, practice, or policy of education.

For this funding cycle, Spencer will support conferences and convenings that explore and advance racial equity in education research. While the field of education has focused on issues of inequality and its growth in the United States, the country is in a time of increased urgency given the current intersections of the COVID-19 public health crisis, rapid shifts in educational systems, economic challenges, and growing civil resistance to systemic anti-blackness. There is a pressing need for robust approaches to scholarship that can consequentially contribute to achieving racial equity in education. Towards this end, Spencer encourages a wide range of approaches to creatively and ambitiously engage in approaches to advancing racial equity, and is especially interested in proposals that include a focus on methodological needs and advancements in the service of education research that advances racial equity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177673

Estimated Size of Grant:

This grant program supports proposals with budgets of $50,000 or less.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a conference grant 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 proposal, they may not be named the PI or Co-PI.

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.

PIs and Co-PIs may not submit more than one application for a given deadline in this program.

Proposals to support annual ongoing conferences or meetings are not eligible for this program. Relatedly, requests to fund travel to existing annual conferences or meetings are also not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline:
- Applications Open July 6, 2021
- Full Proposal Deadline October 13, 2021 12:00 PM NOON Central Time

Spencer recommends proposing a start date that is at least 7 months after the proposal deadline. The review process for this program takes approximately 5-6 months and once notified of the funding decision, it can take an additional 2 months for the official approval process which entails reviewing the budget, processing award letters, and issuing the grant payment. NOTE: Grant payments are issued on the third week of each month. If Spencer has not received your signed award letters by your start date, your payment will not be issued.

It is fine for an organization to submit multiple applications at one time, as long as the proposals are for different conferences and the organizers (PIs and Co-PIs) are different.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online: https://spencer.smartsimple.us/s_Login.jsp

Direct questions to Judy Klippenstein at: conferences@spencer.org

The Spencer Foundation
625 North Michigan Ave, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60611
312-337-7000

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