William T. Grant Foundation: Institutional Challenge Grant

The William T. Grant Foundation invites applications for its Institutional Challenge Grant, which encourages university-based research institutes, schools, and centers to build sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations to reduce inequality in youth outcomes.

The award supports research institutions in building sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. The partnership leadership team includes the principal investigator from the research institution and the lead from the public agency or nonprofit organization. Applications are invited from partnerships in youth-serving areas such as education, justice, child welfare, mental health, immigration, and workforce development. In leadership roles, proposals from teams with African American, Latinx, Native American, and Asian American members are especially encouraged.

Research institutions will need to address four important goals, grow an existing institutional partnership with a public agency or nonprofit organization, pursue a joint research agenda to reduce inequality in youth outcomes, create institutional change to value research-practice partnerships within research institutions, and enhance the capacity of both partners to collaborate on producing and using research evidence.

The award will provide $650,000 over three years, which includes: up to $50,000 for up to nine months of joint planning activities (e.g., refining protocols for partnering, selecting fellows, finalizing partnership and data sharing agreements, etc.); and funding for two years of a full-time equivalent fellowship. In addition, universities are required to fund one additional year of a full-time equivalent fellowship.

The minimum appointment level for a fellow is half-time for half of one year; up to three years of support for the partnership to conduct and use research to reduce inequality in youth outcomes; resources to advance the proposed institutional shifts and capacities of both partners; and indirect cost allowance of up to 15 percent of total direct costs.

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