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Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Research on Improving Outcomes
and Reducing Inequality Among American Youth

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William T. Grant Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 3:00 PM EST

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for research to benefit youth through reducing inequality. Funding is intended for evidence-based projects that use research in order to reduce inequality among USA youth, thereby improving their lives and helping all youth to succeed.

Focus Areas:

The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. The Foundation pursues this mission by supporting research within two focus areas. Researchers interested in applying for a research grant must select one focus area:

- Improving the Use of Research Evidence
In this focus area, the Foundation supports research to identify, build, and test strategies to ensure that research evidence is used in ways that benefit youth. The Foundation is particularly interested in research on improving the use of research evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries.

- Reducing Inequality
In this focus area, the Foundation supports research to build, test, and increase understanding of approaches to reducing inequality in youth outcomes, especially on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins. The Foundation is interested in research on programs, policies, and practices to reduce inequality in academic, social, behavioral, and economic outcomes.

Major Research Grants:

Projects involving secondary data analysis are at the lower end of the budget range, whereas projects involving new data collection and sample recruitment can be at the higher end. Proposals to launch experiments in which settings (e.g., classrooms, schools, youth programs) are randomly assigned to conditions sometimes have higher awards.

In addition to financial support, the Foundation invests significant time and resources in capacity-building for research grantees. We provide opportunities for connections with other scholars, policymakers, and practitioners, and we organize learning communities for grantees in each focus area. Such meetings allow grantees to discuss challenges, seek advice from peers and colleagues, and collaborate across projects. To strengthen our grantees’ capacities to conduct and implement strong qualitative and mixed-methods work, the Foundation provides access to a consultation service.

Officers' Research Grants:

Officers’ research grants on improving the use of research evidence are a separate funding mechanism for smaller projects. Some are stand-alone projects; others build off larger projects. The budget should be appropriate for the activities proposed. 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.

Submissions for the Officers’ research grants will be accepted on the January 9, 2019 and August 1, 2019 deadlines. Letters of inquiry for the Officer’s research grants will not be accepted for the May 1, 2019 deadline.

Similar to the major grants program, we encourage research projects led by African American, Latinx, Native American, and Asian American researchers. Early career scholars are also encouraged to apply for these grants as a way to build their research programs.

Selection Criteria:

All letters of inquiry for research grants on reducing inequality—for both major grants and Officer’s grants—will be reviewed internally. The letter of inquiry functions as a mini-proposal, and should meet the selection criteria detailed below:

Focus Area:
- Research questions should inform strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.

Conceptualization and Relevance:
- Proposals must reflect a mastery of relevant theory and empirical findings, and clearly state the theoretical and empirical contributions they will make to the existing research base.
- Projects may focus on either generating or testing theory, depending on the state of knowledge about a topic.
- Although we do not expect that any one project will or should impact policy or practice, all proposals should discuss how the findings will be relevant to policy or practice.

Methods:
- Projects should employ rigorous methods that are commensurate with the proposal’s goals. The Foundation welcomes quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods projects.
- The study’s design, methods, and analysis plan should fit the research questions. Further, the description of the research design should make clear how the empirical work will test, refine, or elaborate specific theoretical notions. Quantitative analyses might emphasize hypotheses and plans for testing them, while qualitative analyses might elaborate on how the research will illuminate processes underlying programs, policies, or practices.
- Plans for case selection, sampling, and measurement should clearly state why they are well-suited to address the research questions or hypotheses. For example, samples should be appropriate in size and composition to answer the study’s questions. Qualitative case selection – whether critical, comparative, or otherwise – should also be appropriate to answer the proposed questions.
- The quantitative and/or qualitative analysis plan should demonstrate awareness of the strengths and limits of the specific analytic techniques and how they will be applied in the current case.
- If proposing mixed methods, plans for integrating the methods and data should be clear and compelling.
Where relevant, attention should be paid to the generalizability of findings.
- Quantitative studies should describe the statistical power to detect meaningful effects.
- The proposal must demonstrate adequate consideration of the gender, ethnic, and cultural appropriateness of concepts, methods, and measures.

Feasibility:
- The methods, time frame, staffing plan, and other resources must be realistic.
- Prior training and publications should demonstrate that the applicant has a track record of conducting strong research and communicating it successfully.

Where appropriate, the Foundation values projects that:
- Harness the learning potential of mixed methods and interdisciplinary work;
- Involve practitioners or policymakers in meaningful ways to shape the research questions, interpret preliminary and final results, and communicate their implications for policy and practice;
- Combine senior and junior staff in ways that facilitate mentoring of junior staff;
- Are led by members of racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in academic fields;
- Generate data useful to other researchers and make such data available for public use; and
- Demonstrate significant creativity and the potential to advance the field by, for example, introducing new research paradigms or extending existing measures.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184793

Estimated Size of Grant:

Major Research Grants: Research grants on improving the use of research evidence range between $100,000 and $1,000,000.

Officers' Research Grants: Officers’ research grants on improving the use of research evidence are a separate funding mechanism for smaller projects with budgets ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Research grants on improving the use of research evidence cover two to four years of support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to organizations, not individuals. Grants are limited, without exception, to tax-exempt organizations. A copy of the Internal Revenue Service tax-exempt status determination letter is required from each applying organization.

Please consult with your institution about their eligibility criteria regarding who can act as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Principal Investigator on a grant.

The Foundation does not support or make contributions to building funds, fundraising drives, endowment funds, general operating budgets, or scholarships.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
- January 9, 2019, 3:00 PM EST
- May 1, 2019, 3:00 PM EST
- August 1, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

Submissions for the Officers’ research grants will be accepted on the January 9, 2019 and August 1, 2019 deadlines. Letters of inquiry for the Officer’s research grants will not be accepted for the May 1, 2019 deadline.

Major Research Grants review process:
After internal review of a letter of inquiry, the Foundation will decide whether to decline the LOI or invite a full proposal for further consideration. The investigator will be notified of this decision within eight weeks of the LOI deadline. Typically, applicants are offered two deadlines for full proposals, ranging from approximately six weeks to six months from the time of the invitation. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited full proposals.

Officers' Research Grants review process:
Officers’ research grants are awarded on the merit of the letter of inquiry alone and the review process is usually eight weeks from the corresponding deadline.

Resources for Applicants:
http://wtgrantfoundation.org/focus-areas/improving-use-research-evidence/resources-for-applicants#applicant-guidance

FAQs:
http://wtgrantfoundation.org/grants/research-grants-improving-use-research-evidence/faq

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:
https://easygrants.wtgrantfoundation.org/WTG/Implementation/Modules/Login/LoginModuleContent.aspx?Config=LoginModuleConfig&Page=Login

For questions about application instructions and procedures, contact Cristina Fernandez, research assistant, at cfernandez@wtgrantfdn.org.

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