Research-Practice Partnerships Grants Program [Spencer Foundation]

Applications Due 8.1 2020. Intended to support education research projects that engage in collaborative and participatory partnerships with project budgets up to USD $400,000 and durations of up to three years. Applications are especially encouraged from partnerships that include scholars and institutions of higher education, rural geographic locations, and partnerships that deeply engage community-based organizations and families.

Open to partnerships between researchers and a broad array of practitioners – specifically school districts, county offices of education, state educational organizations, universities, community-based organizations, out of school time providers, informal educators, or other social sectors that importantly impact students’ lives. Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally.

Applications may be submitted by design-based research teams, network improvement communities, and placed-based research alliances. All proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be proposed in U.S. Dollars.

Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a Research-Practice Partnership Grant are expected to have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or demonstrated professional experience appropriate for this program. While graduate students may be part of the team, they may not be named the PI or Co-PI on the proposal.

The PI must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, non-profit research facility, or non-profit cultural institution that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. The Foundation does not award grants directly to individuals.

The PI associated with the administering organization for this grant could be either the practitioner or researcher of the partnership. At least one Co-PI should be from the other member organization(s).