Spencer Foundation: Small Education Research Projects

The Spencer Foundation aims to investigate how broadly conceived education can be improved worldwide. The foundation believes research is integral to improving education, making education systems more equitable, and increasing learning opportunities across the lifespan.

The foundation invites applications for its Small Research Grants Program, which will support education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less that are not longer than five years.

The program supports proposals from multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both domestically and internationally, from scholars at various stages in their careers and anticipates that proposals will span a wide range of topics and disciplines that investigate questions central to education, including education, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, law, economics, history, or neuroscience. Projects may utilize various research methods, including quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, ethnographies, design-based research, participatory methods, and historical research.

The foundation is open to projects that might incorporate data from multiple and varied sources, span a sufficient length of time to achieve a depth of understanding, or work closely with practitioners or community members over the project’s life.

To be eligible, principal investigators and Co-PIs must have earned a doctorate in an academic or professional field or demonstrate appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. PIs must be affiliated with a non-profit organization or public/governmental institution willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded.

Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.