Spencer’s Small Research Grants Criteria – Last date 1st Aug 2017

The Small Research Grants program is intended to support education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. In keeping with the Spencer Foundation’s mission, this program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived.
Historically, the work we have funded through these grants has spanned, a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and they employ a wide range of research methods. The following examples of recently funded small grants illustrate the diversity of what we support:
an experimental study of how college students use visual representations in solving math problems
a study exploring the process of racial and rural identity formation among African American high-school students who attend de facto segregated schools in the rural South
a mixed-methods study focusing on the different types of knowledge novice and experienced teachers draw on in teaching for reading comprehension
The majority of small grant proposals that are funded by the Foundation are “field-initiated” in the sense that they are not submitted in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP). In the past, we have requested that proposals within the Small Grants program be submitted within one of the areas of inquiry listed below. The Foundation does not use this information in the review process, but captures it in the application to better understand the variety of research that is proposed. The areas are broadly organized as follows:
Field-Initiated: Proposals in this area are those that fall under the Spencer Foundation’s general mission of funding research on education, but don’t appear to fit in one of the areas mentioned below. Although the areas below are broad, there are many projects that don’t have a strong focus in any of them; those should be tagged with Field-Initiated as the research area in the online application.   Read Full document

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3 thoughts on “Spencer’s Small Research Grants Criteria – Last date 1st Aug 2017”

  1. Congrats for funding research project with innovative ideas . I also want to go for a research based project in which rural pregnant women n fetus inside be provide non formal education during pregnancy period. Need grants for the same. Pl guide☺.

    1. Thank you sir for your comment. As you know ngoportal.org is an information sharing site and we are not a funding agency. You need to visit the site and see for regular updates and if you find any of the schemes meets your requirement and you meet the funding agency criteria,you need to apply to the funding agency directly. It depends on the funding agency whether they wish to support your work or not.

    2. Thank you sir. You need to be in touch with local government authorities as there are many schemes that government is providing and the local authorities should be able to guide you on this.

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