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Spencer Foundation: Small Research Grants Program on Education

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted June 11, 2020 from Brazil
Expires on November 2, 2020
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This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location.

Our 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.

1. Proposals to the Research Grants on Education program must be for academic research projects that aim to study education. Proposals for activities other than research are not eligible (e.g., program evaluations, professional development, curriculum development, scholarships, capital projects). Additionally, proposals for research studies focused on areas other than education, are not eligible.
2. Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a Small Research Grant on Education 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 research team, they may not be named the PI or Co-PI on the proposal.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Proposed budgets for this program are limited to $50,000 total and may not include indirect cost charges.
6. PIs and Co-PIs may only hold one active research grant from the Spencer Foundation at a time.

The Small Research Grants Program in Education uses a peer review process for all eligible submissions.
Each proposal will be reviewed by both external panel reviewers and internal staff.
The review process for this program takes approximately 5-6 months from the deadline date.

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The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years.

Projects proposed may not be longer than 5 years in duration.

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

We accept applications three times per year.
Full Proposal Deadline: July 1, 2020 at 12:00pm CT.
Full Proposal Deadline: November 3, 2020 at 12:00pm CT.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jun 11
Jun 11

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you 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

Jun 12
Jun 12

Dear Paraguay!
I need a small amount of grant that will be use only for the stipends of girls to empowering them. In my VGS, there are more tha 50 girls who study free but they are forced by their families to work at different homes as labour child. So in way, I dont want that they work as labour child

Jill Langhus
Jun 13
Jun 13

Thanks, Ana.