William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

The William T. Grant Foundation’s research grants on reducing inequality fund research studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. We prioritize studies that aim to reduce inequalities that exist along dimensions of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.

The foundation’s research interests center on studies that examine ways to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. They welcome descriptive studies that clarify mechanisms for reducing inequality or elucidate how or why a specific program, policy, or practice operates to reduce inequality. They also welcome intervention studies that examine attempts to reduce inequality. Finally, they welcome studies that improve the measurement of inequality in ways that can enhance the work of researchers, practitioners, or policymakers.

The foundation invites studies from a range of disciplines, fields, and methods, and they encourage investigations into various youth-serving systems, including justice, housing, child welfare, mental health, and education.

Major Research Grants range $100,000 to $600,000 over 2-3 years, including up to 15% indirect costs.Projects involving secondary data analysis are typically at the lower end of the budget range, whereas projects involving new data collection and sample recruitment can be at the higher end.

Officers’ Research Grant range $25,000–$50,000 over 1-2 years, including up to 15% indirect costs. Studies may be stand-alone projects or may build off larger projects. The budget should be appropriate for the activities proposed.