Foundation / Corporation
William T. Grant Foundation
08/01/19 3:00 PM EST
Grants to USA researchers at nonprofit institutions for investigations into practices and policies that improve the lives of American children and youth ages 5 - 25. Funding is intended to support research that generates change by contributing to a body of knowledge that can improve the lives of young people and reduce inequality in academic, social, behavioral, and economic outcomes.
Research proposals are evaluated on the basis of their fit with a given focus area; the strength and feasibility of their designs, methods, and analyses; their potential to inform change; and their contribution to theory and empirical evidence. The Foundation supports research to build, test, and increase understanding of approaches to reducing inequality in youth outcomes, especially on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins. They support research from a range of disciplines and methodologies, and encourage investigations into various systems, including justice, housing, child welfare, mental health, and education.
Research Grants on Reducing Inequality
The primary line of inquiry in this focus area is building, testing, and increasing understanding of responses to inequality in youth outcomes. The Foundation welcome descriptive studies that clarify mechanisms for reducing inequality or elucidate how or why a specific program, policy, or practice operates to reduce inequality. They also welcome intervention studies that examine attempts to reduce inequality.
In addition, the Foundation seek studies that improve the measurement of inequality in ways that can enhance the work of researchers, practitioners, or policymakers. The common thread across all of this work, however, is a distinct and explicit focus on reducing inequality—one that goes beyond describing the causes or consequences of unequal outcomes and, instead, aims to build, test, or understand policy, program, or practice responses.
Applications for research in this focus area must:
- Identify a specific inequality in youth outcomes, and show that the outcomes are currently unequal. The Foundation is especially interested in supporting research to reduce inequality in academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes.
- Clearly identify the basis on which these outcomes are unequal, and articulate its importance. Especially important is research to reduce inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origin status. Proposals for research on reducing inequality on a basis not listed here, or on ways in which a basis of inequality intersects with another, must make a compelling case that this research will improve youth outcomes.
- Articulate how findings from your research will help build, test, or increase understanding of a specific program, policy, or practice to reduce the specific inequality that you have identified.
Proposals for research on reducing inequality should make a compelling case that the inequality exists, why the inequality exists, and why the study’s findings will be crucial to informing a policy, program, or practice to reduce it. The Foundation welcomes creative studies that have potential to advance or even transform the field.
Major Research Grants on reducing inequality typically range between $100,000 and $600,000 and cover two to three years of support.
Projects involving secondary data analysis are at the lower end of the budget range, whereas projects involving new data collection and sample recruitment can be at the higher end. Proposals to launch experiments in which settings (e.g., classrooms, schools, youth programs) are randomly assigned to conditions sometimes have higher awards.
In addition to financial support, the Foundation invests significant time and resources in capacity-building for research grantees. They provide opportunities for connections with other scholars, policymakers, and practitioners, and organize learning communities for grantees in each focus area. Such meetings allow grantees to discuss challenges, seek advice from peers and colleagues, and collaborate across projects. To strengthen grantees’ capacities to conduct and implement strong qualitative and mixed-methods work, the Foundation provides access to a consultation service.
Officers’ Research Grants are a separate funding mechanism for smaller projects with budgets ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. Some are stand-alone projects that fit the research focus areas; others build off of larger projects. The budget should be appropriate for the activities proposed. Projects involving secondary data analysis are typically at the lower end of the budget range, whereas projects involving new data collection and sample recruitment can be at the higher end.
Where appropriate, the Foundation values projects that:
- Harness the learning potential of mixed methods and interdisciplinary work;
- Involve practitioners or policymakers in meaningful ways to shape the research questions, interpret preliminary and final results, and communicate their implications for policy and practice;
- Combine senior and junior staff in ways that facilitate mentoring of junior staff;
- Are led by members of racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in academic fields;
- Generate data useful to other researchers and make such data available for public use; and
- Demonstrate significant creativity and the potential to advance the field by, for example, introducing new research paradigms or extending existing measures.
The Foundation encourages research projects led by African American, Latinx, Native American, and Asian American researchers. Early career scholars are also encouraged to apply for these grants as a way to build their research programs.
GrantWatch ID#: 179286
- Research grants on reducing inequality typically range from $100,000 to $600,000.
- Officers’ Research grants cover budgets up to $50,000.
Research grants on reducing inequality - two to three years of support.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Letter of Inquiry application begins with registration here:
For questions about application instructions and procedures, contact:
Cristina Fernandez, Research Assistant
General Contact Info:
William T. Grant Foundation
570 Lexington Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10022-6837
USA: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York City; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington, DC; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming