Funding brief: 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. They accept applications three times per year.
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. 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.
Donor Name: Spencer Foundation
Funding name: Research Grants on Education: Small
Full Proposal Deadline:
● Applications Open-Applications are open
Full Proposal Deadline-November, 01st, 2019 at 12:00pm CT
● Applications Open-December, 03rd, 2019 at 12:00pm CT
Full Proposal Deadline-March, 03rd, 2020 at 12:00pm CT
● Applications Open-April, 01st, 2020 at 12:00pm CT
Full Proposal Deadline-July, 01st, 2020 at 12:00pm CT
● Applications Open-August, 03rd, 2020 at 12:00pm CT
Full Proposal Deadline-November, 03rd, 2020 at 12:00pm CT
Funding details link: Click to view
Funding limit: Proposed budgets for this program are limited to $50,000.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: Not Found
Project duration: Projects proposed may not be longer than 5 years in duration. They leave the duration of the project up to the PI/research team to determine, but limit it to no more than 5 years.
Eligible organization: As below
● 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.
● 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.
● 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.
● 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.
Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)
Submission mail: Not found
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
Small Grant proposals must be submitted through an online application form following the guidelines below.
● Step 1 – Registration
Note: This application is configured for the Principal Investigator (PI) on the project to register and submit the form. If someone other than the PI will be completing the online application (e.g., an administrative assistant), the PI should register as described in Step 1 below, then provide their username and password to the person assisting them with the application.
If you (the PI) have never accessed the Spencer Foundation online portal, you must register and create a profile by going to https://spencer.smartsimple.us and clicking the “Register Here” button. Follow the guidelines on the registration page to create your profile.
If you already have an account, log on to update your profile and access the application.
● Step 2 – My Profile
After logging in, follow the directions to complete the information requested on the My Profile page and upload your current CV (10 page limit). The My Profile page is your online account with the Spencer Foundation whether you are applying for a grant, reviewing a proposal, or submitting a grantee report.~
Note: If you will have Co-PIs on your project, they must also register and complete their profile information if they wish to be included on the application.
● Step 3 – Start a Proposal
To fill out the application, go to your Workbench and click the Apply button for the Small Research Grants on Education. Your draft application can be saved and returned to so that you may continue work on it at a later time and can be found on your Draft Proposals list on your Workbench.
They accept proposals from outside the U.S. Application materials must be submitted in English and project budgets must be in U.S. dollars.Visit all Funding opportunities: Click to view
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