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Research-Practice Partnership (RPP) Grants Program

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Scholars
for Collaborative Education Research Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Spencer Foundation

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Deadline Date:

06/19/19 2:00 PM CDT


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International academic scholars in collaboration with education practitioners for education research projects. An Intent to Apply is required prior to submitting a full application. Research conducted by the partnerships is intended to result in new insights into the processes, practices, and policies that improve education for students, educators, schools, universities, families, and communities.

The Foundation expects the partners in the RPPs will have engaged in fruitful longterm collaborations. This grant program is specifically intended to build the capacity of partnerships to make educational change. The Foundation expects that partnerships will centralize issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and articulate these dimensions in the project design. Partnerships between researchers and practitioners in educational settings that span the life course (i.e., from early childhood to adult learning) as well as those that focus on contexts outside of school are eligible.

While this grant program is open to all partnership configurations across a range of learning contexts, in addition to pre k-12 school systems, the Foundation especially encourages applications from partnerships that include scholars and institutions of higher education, rural geographic locations, and partnerships that deeply engage community-based organizations and families.

Research is fundamental to every research-practice partnership, and the Foundation expects research activities to be the central element of every proposal. In addition to detailing a plan for research, successful applicants may also prioritize plans for communicating and disseminating key findings that have the potential to foster positive educational changes. Activities beyond the research that could be funded under this program include:
- Research Infrastructure
- Outreach, Communications, and Relationship Building
- Capacity Development

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171183

Estimated Size of Grant:

Research-Practice Partnership budgets may not exceed $400,000 and may not include more than 15% indirect cost charges.

Term of Contract:

Duration proposed may not be longer than 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 Spencer 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).

This grant program is open to partnerships between researchers and a broad array of practitioners. The Foundation defines practitioners as 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. As such, the Foundation is open to applications from design-based research teams, network improvement communities, and placed-based research alliances.

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.

PIs and Co-PIs may only hold one active research grant from the Spencer Foundation at a time.

Pre-Application Information:

The initial step in submitting a proposal for a Research-Practice Partnership grant is to submit an Intent to Apply following the guidelines. The Intent to Apply form is required before you can proceed to the second step and submit a full proposal. Letters of Intent must be submitted through an online application form and are due by 2:00pm central time, May 24, 2019.

Once the Intent to Apply form is submitted, applicants will have access to the full proposal application. Full proposals will be due by 2:00pm central time, June 19, 2019. The review process of the full proposals takes approximately 5-6 months with decisions being sent in December 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have reviewed the program statement and are still uncertain as to whether your partnership falls within the Spencer Foundation’s funding mission and request for proposals, feel free to email for guidance.
Maricelle Garcia

The Spencer Foundation
625 North Michigan Ave, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60611

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.