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William T. Grant Foundation
08/04/21 3:00 PM EST - Deadline for Officers’ Research Grants
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for research to benefit youth throughout the country. Funding is intended for evidence-based projects that use research to improve outcomes among youth, ages 5 through 25. The Foundation seeks studies that build, identify, and test strategies to enhance the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. Two types of grants are available: Major Grants and smaller Officers' Research Grants.
The Foundation is particularly interested in research on improving the use of research evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries. Some investigators will focus on the strategies, relationships, and other supports needed for policy and practice organizations to use research more routinely and constructively. Others may investigate structures and incentives within the research community to encourage deep engagement with decision makers. Still other researchers may examine activities that help findings inform policy ideas, shape practice responses, and improve systems.
Studying ways to improve the use of research evidence will require new and innovative ideas, and creative studies that have potential to advance the field are welcomed. Proposals for studies are evaluated on the basis of their fit with the Foundation's interests; the strength and feasibility of their designs, methods, and analyses; their potential to inform improvements to research use; and their contribution to theory and empirical evidence.
The Foundation does not have a preference for a particular research design or method. The application review process begins by looking at the research questions or hypotheses. Then staff evaluates whether the proposed research designs and methods will provide strong empirical evidence on those questions. The Foundation supports studies from a range of disciplines, fields, and methods, and encourages investigations into various systems, including justice, housing, child welfare, mental health, and education. The strongest proposals incorporate data from multiple sources and often involve multi-disciplinary teams.
Proposals for studies on improving the use of research evidence must pursue one of the following lines of inquiry:
For additional information about these lines of inquiry see: http://wtgrantfoundation.org/library/uploads/2020/11/2021-Application-Guidelines-Improving-the-Use-of-Research-Evidence.pdf#page=5
For information about selection criteria, see: http://wtgrantfoundation.org/library/uploads/2020/11/2021-Application-Guidelines-Improving-the-Use-of-Research-Evidence.pdf#page=20
GrantWatch ID#: 184793
Major Research Grants: Research grants on improving the use of research evidence range between $100,000 and $1,000,000. Projects involving secondary data analysis and descriptive research are at the lower end of the budget range ($300,000-$600,000), whereas projects involving new data collection and sample recruitment can be at the higher end. In addition to financial support, the Foundation invests significant time and resources in capacity-building for research grantees. The Foundation provides opportunities for connections with other scholars, policymakers, and practitioners, and organizes 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 the grantees’ capacities to conduct and implement strong qualitative and mixed methods work, the Foundation provides access to a consultation service.
Officers' Research Grants: Budgets ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.
Major Research Grants cover two to four years of support.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
William T. Grant Foundation
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