Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

William T. Grant Foundation

Sector: EducationHealth
Last date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Country: United States

Detailed Description

The William T. Grant Foundation is now accepting applications for Research Grants on Reducing Inequality in the United States.

This program supports research to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people ages 5-25 in the United States.

They prioritize studies that aim to reduce inequalities that exist along dimensions of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.


Proposed studies must

  • Identify a specific inequality in youth outcomes
  • Make a convincing case for the dimension(s) of inequality the study will address
  • Articulate how the findings will help build, test, or increase understanding of a specific program, policy, or practice to reduce the specific inequality that you have identified.

Research Interests

  • Their research interests center on studies that examine ways to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. They welcome descriptive studies that clarify mechanisms for reducing inequality or elucidate how or why a specific program, policy, or practice operates to reduce inequality. They also welcome intervention studies that examine attempts to reduce inequality. Finally, They welcome studies that improve the measurement of inequality in ways that can enhance the work of researchers, practitioners, or policymakers.
  • They invite studies from a range of disciplines, fields, and methods, and they encourage investigations into various youth-serving systems, including justice, housing, child welfare, mental health, and education.

Funding Information

Major research grants:

  • $100,000 to $600,000 over 2-3 years, including up to 15% indirect costs.
  • Projects involving secondary data analysis are at the lower end of the budget range, whereas projects involving new data collection and sample recruitment can be at the higher end. Proposals to launch experiments in which settings (e.g., classrooms, schools, youth programs) are randomly assigned to conditions sometimes have higher awards.

Officers’ research grants:

  • $25,000–$50,000 over 1-2 years, including up to 15% indirect costs.
  • Studies may be stand-alone projects or may build off larger projects. The budget should be appropriate for the activities proposed.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Organizations

  • The Foundation makes grants only to tax-exempt organizations. They do not make grants to individuals.
  • They encourage proposals from organizations that are under-represented among grantee institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Alaska Native-Serving Institutions, Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions, and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs).

Eligible Principal Investigators

  • The Foundation defers to the applying organization’s criteria for who is eligible to act as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on a grant.
  • In general, they expect that all investigators will have the experience and skills to carry out the proposed work.

Eligible Studies

Only studies that:

  • align with the stated research interests of this program and
  • relate to the outcomes of young people between the ages of 5 and 25 in the United States are eligible for consideration.
  • They do not support non-research activities such as program implementation and operational costs, or make contributions to building funds, fundraising drives, endowment funds, general operating budgets, or scholarships. Applications for ineligible projects are screened out without further review.


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