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

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted May 1, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on June 7, 2020
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Spencer Foundation is especially interested in supporting two primary categories of projects.
First, they 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 anew forms of equitable education. Thus, they are also interested in research projects that are working to reimagine educational opportunities in these times.

The 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 during this global health crisis.

They seek to support scholarship that develops new foundational knowledge that may have a lasting impact on educational discourse and opportunity or may have a significant impact on practice and policy in these times.

They value work that fosters creative and open-minded scholarship, engages in deep inquiry, and examines robust questions related to education and inequality in times of crisis as well as those that may persist beyond the current moment as a result of COVID-19 responses.

They also value work that is engaging the possibilities that may be emerging in these times.

This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not required to focus on a particular research topic, discipline, design, or method. The Foundation hopes that scholars and their partners will identify the most compelling and needed areas of immediate research.

Utilize This Offer

The COVID-19 Related Research Grants support education research projects that will contribute to understanding the rapid shifts in education in this time of crisis and change.

Proposals to this program must be for academic research projects that aim to study education.

The PI must be affiliated with a non-profit organization that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded.

Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally.

Proposed budgets for this program are limited to $50,000 total and may not include indirect cost charges.

Projects proposed may not be longer than 3 years in duration.

Full Proposal Deadlines: May 4; May 18; June 8, 2020.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
May 01, 2020
May 01, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too! They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Madhuri Deshkar
May 02, 2020
May 02, 2020

Dear sister you help me

May 02, 2020
May 02, 2020
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Ana Isabel Paraguay
May 02, 2020
May 02, 2020


Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you.

There are many offers (opportunities) re India.

All the best.

Jill Langhus
May 02, 2020
May 02, 2020

Thanks, Ana.