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.

Deadlines:
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 (2013 dates): February 11, May 14, July 23, October 15
Grants over $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 (Preliminary Proposals 2013): Feb 1 (More dates to be announced – 3 per year)

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, measurable 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.

Note these changes at Spencer:  Beginning in 2013, applications are to be submitted online.  There are now deadlines for preliminary proposals for grants over $40,000 (previously proposals were accepted at all times).

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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