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Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Research
Related to Reducing Inequality Among Youth

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William T. Grant Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/04/20 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 to reduce inequality among USA youth, ages 5 through 25, thereby improving their lives and helping all youth to succeed. The Foundation seeks studies that identify, build, and test strategies to enhance the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. Two types of grants are available: Major Grants and smaller Officers' Research Grants.

Research evidence is a type of evidence derived from applying systematic methods and analyses to address a predefined question or hypothesis. This includes descriptive studies, intervention or evaluation studies, meta-analyses, and cost-effectiveness studies conducted within or outside research organizations.

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. Some investigators will focus on the strategies, relationships, and other supports needed for policy and practice organizations to use research more routinely and constructively. Others may investigate structures and incentives within the research community to encourage deep engagement with decision makers. Still other researchers may examine activities that help findings inform policy ideas, shape practice responses, and improve systems.

Proposals for studies on improving the use of research evidence must pursue one of the following lines of inquiry:

  1. Identify or test strategies to improve the use of existing research. 
  2. Identify or test strategies for producing more useful research evidence. 
  3. Test the assumption that using high-quality research evidence improves decision making and youth outcomes.

For additional information about these lines of inquiry see: http://wtgrantfoundation.org/library/uploads/2019/11/2020-Guidelines-Research-Grants-Improving-Use-of-Research-Evidence.pdf#page=7

Across all programs, the Foundation strives to support a diverse group of researchers in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and seniority, and we encourage research projects led by African American, Latinx, Native American, and Asian Pacific American researchers.

For information about selection criteria, see: http://wtgrantfoundation.org/library/uploads/2019/11/2020-Guidelines-Research-Grants-Improving-Use-of-Research-Evidence.pdf#page=28

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.

Pilot studies, feasibility studies or the planning stages of studies are rarely funded. International studies are rarely funded, as well.

Pre-Application Information:

The next deadline for letters of inquiry is May 6, 2020, at 3:00 PM EST.

Application Deadlines:
- January 9, 2020, 3:00 PM EST
- May 6, 2020, 3:00 PM EST
- August 4, 2020, 3:00 PM EST

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

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

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

William T. Grant Foundation
60 E. 42nd Street
43rd Floor
New York, NY 10165
T 212.752.0071
F 212.752.1398

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