To advance this mission, the foundation is accepting applications for its Small Research Grants Program, which supports education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. Projects may not be longer than five years in duration.
In keeping with the foundation's mission, the program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Historically, grants have supported research projects on a range of topics and disciplines, including education, philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and that employ a wide range of research methods. The foundation welcomes methodological diversity in answering pressing questions and is open to projects that use a wide array of research methods, including quantitative, qualitative, ethnographies, design-based research, participatory, and historical.
To be eligible, principal investigators and co-PIs must have earned a doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or have appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. In addition, PIs must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, nonprofit research facility, or nonprofit cultural institution that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded.
See the Spencer Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.