Spencer Foundation

The  Spencer Foundation was established in 1962 by Lyle M. Spencer. The Foundation is intended to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. The Foundation has been dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement in education. The Foundation is thus committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.

Small Grants (under $40,000)
Faculty of Education Research Office: At least 1 week before the Agency Deadline (2-3 weeks earlier if you wish feedback on your application – submit to Karen Kueneman)
Research Development & Services: At least 3 days before the Agency Deadline
Spencer: April 30, July 9 (More dates to be announced)
Grants over $40,000
Investigators of projects with budgets over $40,000 are asked to submit a preliminary proposal following the guidelines. If the Foundation is interested in the project, the Principal Investigator will be invited to submit a full proposal. Normally, you will be informed about the status of the preliminary proposal within four to six weeks of receipt.

Description: The Foundation’s  research grants are organized under four areas of inquiry that identify broad topics they believe have fundamental and abiding importance for educational improvement.

The Relation Between Education and Social Opportunity
Organizational Learning in Schools, School Systems, and Higher Education Institutions
Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources
Purposes and Values of Education

Strategic Initiatives reflect the Foundation’s commitment to specific, measureable investigations that range from five to ten years.

The New Civics
Data Use and Educational Improvement
Philosophy in Educational Policy and Practice

Eligibility:Principal Investigators applying for a Research Grant must be affiliated with a school district, a college or university, a research facility, or a cultural institution. The Foundation accepts proposals from institutions and/or researchers from the U.S. and internationally. Researchers must also have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field or appropriate experience in an education-related profession.

More information

Applications: Full Applications are to be processed through Research Development & Services  and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA.


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