Get up to $50,000 Grant for Education Research Projects in the Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants Program 2020/2021

Apply now to actualize your research projects centered on improving education with a grant funding of up to $50,000. 

The program will support selected education research projects with necessary funding and the option of requesting additional supplemental funds for a course release.

Application Deadline: November 5, 2020


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The program will provide to selected candidates, funding of up to $50,000 to cover project expenses.


The criteria for eligibility for this grant program include:

  • The Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs must hold a doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. 
  • The PI must be affiliated with a non-profit organization that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded.
  • All intended proposals must be for academic research projects that aim to study and improve education. 


  • Proposals for activities other than research will not be accepted (such as program evaluations, professional development, curriculum development, scholarships, capital projects).
  • Proposals for research studies centered on areas other than education, are not eligible.
  • Graduate students may be part of the research team but cannot be named the PI or Co-PI on the proposal.
  • The program welcomes all variations of qualitative and quantitative methods used for answering the presented questions. 
  • PIs and Co-PIs may not submit more than one application for a given deadline in this program. Organizations may submit as many proposals as they like as long as they are for different projects and have different research teams.
  • Projects proposed may not be longer than 5 years in duration.
  • The expenses for the proposed project should be added and the budget narrative field should be completed, providing a description of that specific expense. 
  • Proposed budgets for this program are limited to $50,000 total and may not include indirect cost charges per Spencer’s policy. 
  • Proposals must be in English and budgets must be proposed in U.S. Dollars.

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Application Instructions

To apply for the Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants scheme, 

About the Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants Program

The Small Research Grants Program broadly supports education research projects ranging from one to five years and aimed towards the improvement of education. 

With applications accepted thrice in a year, this year’s edition is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. 

The program seeks to support scholarship that develops new solution-oriented knowledge that will foster a lasting impact on educational discourse. 

Proposals from multi-disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both domestically and internationally, from scholars at various stages in their career are expected.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for submission of all project proposals is 5th of November, 2020 at 12:00pm CT. 

After the deadline and eligibility confirmed, all eligible submissions will be reviewed with a peer review process.  

Each proposal will be assessed by both external panel reviewers and internal staff. The review process for this program takes between 5-6 months from the deadline date.

The review panel for this program is made up of scholars in the field of education research with expertise across many disciplines and methodological areas.  

Comments and notes will be made on the following aspects of proposals:

  • Significance of the Project
  • Connection to Research and Theory
  • Research Design 
  • Budget and Timeline 
  • Project Team
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