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Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Improve the Lives of
Children and Youth through Research on Inequality

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William T. Grant Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/04/20 3:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA nonprofit institutions for research on policies that improve the lives of American children and youth between the ages of 5 and 25. Funding is intended to support research that reduces inequality in the social, academic, economic, and behavioral, outcomes of young people. Funding is available for major grants and for officers' research grants for smaller projects. Studies from a range of disciplines, fields, and methodologies are supported, and investigations into various systems, including justice, housing, child welfare, mental health, and education, are encouraged.

Research grants on reducing inequality should aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce 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. 

Applications for research must:

- Identify a specific inequality in youth outcomes, and show that the outcomes are currently unequal by engaging with the extant literature on the causes and consequences of inequality.

- Make a compelling case for the basis of inequality the study will address.

- Articulate how findings will help build, test, or increase understanding of a specific program, policy, or practice to reduce the specific inequality identified.

For additional information about research requirements, see:

For Major Research Grants, 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. 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179286

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Major Research Grants on reducing inequality typically range between $100,000 and $600,000
- Officers’ Research grants cover budgets up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Major Research Grants on reducing inequality cover two to three years of support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to organizations, not individuals. Grants are limited, without exception, to tax-exempt organizations. A copy of the Internal Revenue Service tax-exempt status determination letter is required from each applying organization.

Please consult with your institution about their eligibility criteria regarding who can as as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Principal Investigator on the grant.

The Foundation rarely funds pilot studies, feasibility studies, or the planning stages of studies. International studies are rarely funded, as well.

Pre-Application Information:

The next deadline for letters of inquiry is May 6, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST.

2020 Deadlines:
- January 9, 2020, 3:00 PM EST
- May 6, 2020, 3:00 PM EST
- August 4, 2020, 3:00 PM EST

Submissions for the Officers’ research grants will be accepted on the January 9, 2020 and August 4, 2020 deadlines. Letters of inquiry for the Officer’s research grants will not be accepted for the May 6, 2020 deadline.

After internal review of a letter of inquiry, the Foundation will decide whether to decline the LOI or invite a full proposal for further consideration. The investigator will be notified of this decision within eight weeks of the LOI deadline. In recent years, about fifteen percent of the letters received for major grants have been invited to submit a full proposal. Typically, applicants are offered two deadlines for full proposals, ranging from approximately six weeks to six months from the time of the invitation.

Officers’ research grants are awarded on the merit of the letter of inquiry alone and the review process is usually eight weeks from the corresponding deadline. Awards are made available after internal review. Recently about 8-10% of the letters of inquiry for an Officers’ research grant have been approved for funding.

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

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For questions about application instructions and procedures, contact:
Cristina Fernandez, Research Assistant

William T. Grant Foundation
60 E. 42nd Street, 43rd Floor
New York, NY 10165
Tel: 212.752.0182

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