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Research Funding Opportunities, News & Info

Interested in applying for a grant? Contact Sarah Marcotte, SoHE pre-award research administrator.

List of current funding opportunities posted to the “Research funding opportunities, news & info” blog.
List of grant funding opportunities for graduate students (fellowship, dissertation, travel/conference grants, etc.).

See SoHE’s Search Funding Opportunities page for several databases with COVID-19 funding opportunities.

Funding Opportunities for the week of May 25-29, 2020

The Spencer Foundation’s Large Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets ranging from $125,000 to $500,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. The goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education.
Intent to Apply deadline is June 18. Full proposals are due July 14.

The Foundation for Child Development works to connect research to changes that continuously improve policy and practice that benefit young children. To that end, FCD currently is accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) for its 2021 Young Scholars Program (YSP). The YSP program funds implementation research that is policy and practice-relevant and examines the preparation, competency, compensation, well-being, and ongoing professional learning of the early care and education (ECE) workforce. Award amounts are up to $225,000 for primary research and up to $180,000 for secondary data analysis. Eligible researchers must have received their doctoral degrees (e.g., PhD, EdD, PsyD, JD, etc.) between January 1, 2011, and June 30, 2019. LOI are due June 30.
*Note that this opportunity must be submitted in coordination with the UW Foundation. Please contact Sarah Marcotte for assistance with your LOI.

The National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research at the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) has released funding announcements for Fiscal Year 2021. The IES has established 14 programs of research (topics) under its Education and Special Education Research Grants Programs. These programs support research into how to improve education outcomes for learners at all levels, including early childhood, elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and adult education. Grants support the development and validation of measurement tools, exploratory research, the development and pilot testing of new interventions, and initial efficacy studies to evaluate interventions. Award size and duration vary by program. Letters of Intent (optional but encouraged) are due June 11. Full applications are due August 20.

Quadratec Cares ‘Energize the Environment’ Grant Program is a new small grants program designed to promote environmental responsibility and support the energy of those in the community who have a vision, a sense of responsibility, for making our environmental world a better place. Among other types of projects, Quadratec supports work in the following areas: i) sustainable land management activities; ii) community environmental educational projects; iii) youth educational engagement events. Awards are $3,500. Applications are due June 30.

[For Graduate Students] The  Open Society Foundations’ Civil Society Scholar Awards support doctoral students and university faculty who undertake academic projects that will enrich socially-engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country or region. Doctoral students must be in an eligible field of study at an accredited university inside or outside of their home country. These awards support academic research conducted within any field of the social sciences and humanities, but will prioritize research which specifically addresses pressing societal issues within several thematic areas including i) defense against rising authoritarianism; ii) sustainable development, climate action, and mitigating the effects of climate change; iii) economic justice and worker rights; iv) information democracy; v) or addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on an applicant’s home country or region. Awards are $15,000 for projects up to 10 months. Applications are due July 22.


National Science Foundation (NSF) has decided to delay implementation of the requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the biographical sketch and current and pending support until October 1, 2020. NSF encourages use of the formats and continues to welcome feedback on them. Please remember that, although required use of the formats is delayed, all applicants are obligated to follow the guidance in the NSF PAPPG regarding the content of the documents.

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