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Foundation for Child Development — Young Scholars Program

Grant Amount: $225,000
Deadline: June 30, 2020
Category: Education, Social Science,
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The Young Scholars Program supports scholarship for early career researchers working to implement policy and practice-relevant research in the field of the early care and education workforce. The funder is committed to diversity and equity in scholarship and encourages applications from underrepresented groups such as researchers of color, first generation college graduates, culturally and linguistically diverse students, and those from low incoming communities who represent a variety of disciplines and methodological approaches.

All proposed research must have primary questions that are relevant to the ECE workforce. With a particular focus on the ECE workforce, all supported research questions must support scientific inquiry into the implementation of specific ECE programs, policies, or practices. Implementation research provides the opportunity to engage in meaningful exploration of what works (or not), for whom, and under what conditions. Finally, all supported research must have a clear connection to policies and practices that have the potential to result in a positive impact on the ECE workforce and on the young children in YSP’s priority populations.

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Spencer Foundation Large Research Grants on Education Program

Grant Amount: up to $500,000
Deadline: June 18, 2020
Category: Education, Humanities, Social Science,
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The Spencer Foundation invites proposals for its large research grants on education. These support education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. This program supports proposals with multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives that develop new foundational knowledge that may also have a lasting impact on policy-making, practice or educational discourse.

The principal investigators and co-PIs must hold a doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field or have appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. They must also be affiliated with a college, university, school district, non-profit research facility or non-profit cultural institution. Graduate students are not eligible to apply as PI or co-PI. Proposals are accepted from the US and internationally.

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

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Russell Sage Foundation-Behavioral Economics

Grant Amount: $175,000
Deadline: August 5, 2020
Category: Economics, Social Science,
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RSF is interested in research at the intersection of behavioral economics and behavioral sciences and its other programs–Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social Inequality. Priority will be given to field experiments, as opposed to lab experiments. Projects that can contribute to a more unified theory of human behavior to eventually eliminate the distinction between behavioral economics and the rest of economics are also of interest.

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Russell Sage Foundation-Political and Economic Inequality

Grant Amount: $175,000
Deadline: August 5, 2020
Category: Economics, Social Science, Social Work,
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RSF seeks investigator-initiated research that will contribute to a better understanding of social, political, and economic inequalities and the mechanisms by which they influence the lives of individuals and families. The program welcomes projects that explore the relevance of economic, racial, ethnic, age, gender, immigration, occupational or other statuses for the distribution of wellbeing within these groups. RSF is most interested in social and economic outcomes as the primary indicators of well-being including equality of access and opportunity, social mobility, civic participation and representation, and the transmission of advantages and disadvantages within and across generations.

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Russell Sage Foundation — Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context

Grant Amount: $175,000
Deadline: August 20, 2020
Category: Social Science, Social Work,
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The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) is launching a new special initiative on Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context that will support innovative research on decision making across the social sciences that examines causes, consequences, processes, or context from a behavioral or alternative perspective. We seek to support a wide range of research on decision-making in context by scholars in psychology, political science, sociology, and other social science fields who are pursuing questions consistent with the aims of the Foundation. This initiative complements RSF’s long-standing Behavioral Economics (BE) Program which continues to encourage the submission of proposals.

This initiative will support research proposals from multiple methodological perspectives that will further our understanding of decision making processes and human behavior in the contexts of work, race, ethnicity, immigration, and social inequality, broadly conceived, in the U.S. Priority will be given to research related to our core programs and other special initiatives. Limited consideration will be given to projects that test well-established behavioral effects without examining the overarching context or the underlying mechanisms.

Research in this area is expanding rapidly. RSF is open to a range of questions consistent with its mission, and has a particular interest in the following research areas:

Biases and Misperceptions
Motivations and Incentives
Habits and Behavior Change
Affect and Emotions
Networks and Contexts

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J. Templeton Foundation Small and Large Grants

Grant Amount: Small Grants $234,800 or less/Large Grants $234,800 or Larger
Deadline: August 14, 2020
Category: Education, Engineering, Humanities, Science, Social Science,
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The Foundation offers grants in support of research and public engagement in six major funding areas. Templeton invests in bold ideas from contrarian thinkers — ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge conventional assumptions. Templeton funds innovative programs that engage the public with these ideas, in an effort to open minds, deepen understanding, and inspire curiosity.

Core Funding Areas:
1. Science & the Big Questions
– Mathematical & Physical Sciences
– Human Sciences
– Philosophy & Theology
– Public Engagement

2. Character Virtue Development

3. Individual Freedom & Free Markets

4. Exceptional Cognitive Talent & Genius

5. Genetics

6. Voluntary Family Planning

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Demonstrating the Power of Evidence-Based Programs on Major U.S. Social Problems

Grant Amount: $1M to $5M
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Social Science, Social Work,
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A central goal of U.S. evidence-based policy reform is to focus government and philanthropic funding on social programs and practices (“interventions”) that have credible evidence of meaningful positive effects on people’s lives. The imperative for doing so is clear: Most social interventions are unfortunately found not to produce the hoped-for effects when rigorously evaluated – a pattern that occurs not just in social spending but in other fields, such as medicine and business. Thus, without a strong focus on evidence-based interventions, it is hard to see how social spending can successfully address poverty, educational failure, violence, drug abuse, and other critical U.S. problems.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s (LJAF) Moving the Needle initiative seeks to spur expanded implementation of such interventions in order to make significant headway against U.S. social problems. Specifically, the initiative is designed to encourage state or local jurisdictions, or other entities, to:
1. Adopt social interventions shown in well-conducted randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to produce large, sustained effects on important life outcomes;
2. Implement these interventions on a sizable scale with close adherence to their key features; and
3. Determine, through a replication RCT, whether the large effects found in prior research are successfully reproduced so as to move the needle on important social problems.

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Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics

Grant Amount: Less than $4M
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Science, Social Science,
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The program’s primary aim is to build bridges between the two cultures of science and the humanities and to develop a common language so that they can better understand and speak to one another–and ultimately to grasp that they belong to a single common culture.

The Foundation has established a nationwide strategy that focuses on books, theater, film, television, radio, and new media to commission, develop, produce, and distribute new work mainstreaming science and technology for the lay public.

– Books
– Film
– New Media
– Radio
– Television
– Theater

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Carnegie Corporation of New York: Education

Grant Amount: Upper $1,250,000
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Education,
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American public education prepares all students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to be active participants in a robust democracy and to be successful in the global economy. Under this program, Carnegie has the following Focus Areas.

1. Leadership and Teaching to Advance Learning. Improving systems of preparing, recruiting, and developing teachers and education leaders to serve the needs of diverse learners;

2. New Designs to Advance Learning. Developing whole-school models that provide more effective learning environments for diverse learners;

3. Public Understanding. Supporting research on strategies that can drive parent and family engagement in education;

4. Pathways to Postsecondary Success. Improving alignment in student learning expectations between K-12 and postsecondary education; improving postsecondary education

5. Integration, Learning, and Innovation. Advancing integrated approaches across the Corporation’s portfolios and the field that enable greater collaboration, coherence, and dynamism;

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Russell Sage Foundation — Immigration Research

Grant Amount: Up to $175,000
Deadline: August 5, 2020
Category: Education, Humanities, Social Science,
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The Russell Sage Foundation/Carnegie Corporation Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration seeks to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. The funder is especially interested in novel uses of under-utilized data and the development of new methods for analyzing these data.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Evidence for Action

Grant Amount: up to ~$500,000
Deadline: Open/Rolling
Category: Health Sciences, Social Science,
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Evidence for Action, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health. A Culture of Health is broadly defined as one in which good health and well-being flourish across geographic, demographic, and social sectors; public and private decision-making is guided by the goal of fostering equitable communities; and everyone has the opportunity to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles. The foundation’s Culture of Health Action Framework, which was developed to catalyze a national movement toward improved health, well-being, and equity, guides program strategy. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no deadline. Applicants are notified within 6-9 weeks of their submission. Applicants invited to the full proposal stage will have 2 months to submit their proposal once they receive notification. There is not an explicit range for allowable budget requests. You should request the amount of funding you will need to complete your proposed research project – including both direct and indirect costs for the entire duration of your study. Typical grant durations may be up to 36 months, with some exceptions when durations of up to 48 months are justified. Visit the Grantee section of this website for a sense of the number and size of grants funded by E4A at http://www.evidenceforaction.org/grantees.

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