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GRANTS : Apply for the Spencer Foundation Vision Grants

The Spencer Foundation is providing Vision Grants to help the field conduct studies that upend entrenched injustices in the direction of more equitable and just systems.

Research aimed at enhancing education in general is funded by the Spencer Foundation. To change education systems for equity, they have recognised a critical need for creative, large-scale research projects with a diversity of methods and disciplines. Interestingly, they think that the opportunities, issues, and challenges in educational systems should be the starting point for ambitious research.

In order to foster research that meets this need, the Spencer Foundation is funding a new initiative that will give academics and partners the time, space, tools, and assistance they need to plan a large-scale study or research programme that is focused on changing educational systems, grounded in equitable and meaningful collaboration with practitioners, policymakers, communities, and other stakeholders, and oriented towards real-world impact on equity.

Teams can collaborate to create collaborative scholarship ideas through the Vision Grants, which consider which disciplines have previously addressed these issues (and why they were unsuccessful or encountered obstacles), and highlight key concepts that will pave the way for the emergence of ambitious and new research. Together, these teams can create a new vision of what equitable educational systems can look like.

Qualifiable Projects
- Teams can use the planning funds from Vision Grants to create proposals for research projects that:
- concentrate on the main obstacles and chances that could lead to greater educational equity
Include several PIs using various disciplinary and/or research methodology approaches.
- Work fairly and cooperatively with communities (and other stakeholders), policymakers, and practitioners.
- Possess distinct pathways to revolutionary shifts via systemic research

Don't miss out on the application deadline which is 7th February 2024.

Scroll down for more details and click on the official link attached to apply now.

Additional Information

Host Institution
Spencer Foundation.
Event Duration
12 months
Program Type
Fully Funded
Program Benefits
Vision Grants are $75,000 total and two cycles of this grant program will be held annually.
Eligibility Criteria
Proposals to the Vision Grant program must be for planning research projects that study education and/or learning, broadly conceived, though they can include other sectors in addition to education. Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a Vision Grant must have appropriate experience or an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or terminal degree in a professional field. 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 or public/governmental institution 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 private or public colleges, universities, school districts, and research facilities, as well as other non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS (or equivalent non-profit status if the organization is outside of the United States).

PIs and Co-PIs may apply for a Vision Grant if they have another active research grant from the Spencer Foundation or if they have another Spencer grant proposal in review.

Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally. All proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be proposed in U.S. Dollars.

Note: All awarded Vision Grantees will have the option to apply for a Transformative Research Grant, with awards to carry out the planned research projects (budgets up to $3.5M). In addition to considering the development of a proposal for the Transformative Research Grant program, Vision Grant Awardees are also eligible to submit a proposal to other Spencer Foundation grant programs.
Eligible Countries
All Countries

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