Lyle Spencer Research Awards

Description: The Lyle Spencer Research Awards: Advancing Understanding of Education Practice and Its Improvement is a new funding program that is the successor to their long-standing field-initiated major grant program. Under this initiative they will fund research in one of three broad categories:

  • Studies that focus more or less directly on teaching and learning processes themselves, at the classroom level (or in instructional settings outside classrooms).
  • Studies that pay attention to the larger policy and institutional environments within which educational transactions take place. Key to the interest here is attention to the conceptual and empirical links between elements of the infrastructure and the actual character of educational practice. Studies that aim at better understanding how different ways of defining, measuring, and rewarding teacher performance affect teachers’ professional goals, time use, and understanding of success would fall into this category.
  • Studies that help develop research tools that can support advancing the kinds of research identified here – the development of improved measurement tools, stronger theoretical frameworks and analytical methods, and the development of new databases and archiving of data bases.

Amount: up to $1,000,000

Faculty of Education Research Office: 5 days prior to Spencer deadline. (If you wish to have feedback on your application allow at least one week.)
Research Western: 5 days prior to Spencer deadline
Spencer Foundation (Letter of Intent -LOI): July 9, 2015
Spencer Foundation (Essay – Stage 2): October 12, 2105
Spender Foundation (Full Application):
January 13, 2016

Eligibility: Applicants  must hold an eligible academic research appointment at Western.

  • Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a research grant must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession.
  • Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally, however all proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be proposed in U.S. Dollars.

More information and applications…

Applications are to be processed through Research Western  and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA.

NOTE: Letters of Intent must be submitted electronically using the Spencer Foundation’s online system.

Informational Calls: Prior to the deadline for LOI applications, Spencer staff will hold two informational conference calls on May 4, 2015 at 11:00 am CDT and June 2, 2015 at 2:00pm CDT. (Participation in these calls is not required in order to submit an LOI; calls are optional for those who have questions not addressed in the Program Statement.)


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