Details of Current Funding Opportunities

The Spencer Foundation was established in 1962 to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world.

To advance this mission, the foundation is accepting applications for its Small Research Grants Program Statement, which supports education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. This program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, and to support scholarship that develops new foundational knowledge that may have a lasting impact on educational discourse. Historically, grants have supported research projects on a range of topics and disciplines, including education, law, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and that have employed a wide range of research methods. The program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, or method.

To be eligible, principal investigators and co-PIs must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or have appropriate experience in an education research-related profession; PIs also must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, nonprofit research facility, or nonprofit cultural institution that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded.

See the Spencer Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Deadline: December 1, March 15 and June 15 (Letter of Intent)

The Chicago-based Retirement Research Foundation is one of the nation’s first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues. Throughout its history, RRF has awarded more than $230 million for projects that benefit older Americans.

RRF trustees recently approved a three-year strategic plan that reflects a continued commitment to improving quality of life for older people and a desire to become increasingly proactive.

A centerpiece of the plan is the establishment of strategic priority areas, including specific topics in aging that will be given higher priority within RRF’s grantmaking program beginning in 2020. Priority areas include:

  • Caregiving — Ensuring that care partners (including family members, friends, or neighbors) are informed, well-trained, and supported, as they care for older people in community settings.
  • Housing — Promoting efforts that make housing more affordable and provide coordinated services that enable older people to remain living in the community safely and with dignity.
  • Economic Security in Later Life — Valuing the dignity of older people through efforts that ensure and protect their economic security and well-being.
  • Social and Intergenerational Connectedness — Reducing isolation and loneliness in later life through efforts that strengthen meaningful social bonds, including those that span generations.

Each priority area affords an opportunity for RRF to support innovative and effective projects that enable older people to live well and fully in community settings. While the priority areas reflect RRF’s primary funding interests, the foundation will remain open to considering compelling applications on other topics.

 Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations in any state. 

Grant Application Process

Proposals Accepted Any Time

The Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science.

Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedback between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.

All proposals submitted through the LTREB solicitation are processed by 1 of the 3 clusters in the Division of Environmental Biology: Ecosystem Science, Population and Community Ecology, and Evolutionary Processes. Proposals must address topics supported by these clusters. Researchers who are uncertain about the suitability of their project for the LTREB Program are encouraged to contact the cognizant Program Officer.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant, Estimated Number of Awards: 10 per year (Inclusive of New and Renewal awards) Anticipated Funding Amount: $6,000,000 per year, pending availability of funds.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, go to NSF Publication 18-597.

Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program Accepting Proposals

Deadline: On a rolling basis

The Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program provides financial support to its communities in one or more of its priority funding areas, including education (with a focus on STEM disciplines), environmental sustainability, and community safety and vitality.

1) STEM Education: Grants support education programs that improve knowledge and literacy, with a focus in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

2) Environmental Sustainability: Grants support programs with the goal of preserving or restoring land, air, water, or biodiversity.

3) Community Safety and Vitality: Grants support programs focused on improving the overall quality of life within a community by supporting initiatives that enhance public safety and well-being.

Grant amounts are based on program budgets and are determined on an individual basis.

To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

See the Westinghouse website for complete program guidelines and proposal submission instructions.

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Smith Richardson Foundation Accepting Applications for Domestic Public Policy Program

Deadline: open

The mission of the Smith Richardson Foundation is to contribute to important public debates and to address serious public policy challenges facing the United States. The foundation seeks to help ensure the vitality of our social, economic, and governmental institutions. It also seeks to assist with the development of effective policies to compete internationally and to advance U.S. interests and values abroad.

The foundation's Domestic Public Policy Program supports projects that aim to help the public and policy makers understand and address critical challenges facing the United States. To that end, grants will be awarded to support research on and evaluation of existing public policies and programs, as well as projects that inject new ideas into public debates. In previous years, grant amounts have ranged between $25,000 and $104,000.

To be eligible, applicants must be nonprofit organizations considered tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

Concept papers will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.

Visit the Richardson Foundation website for complete program guidelines, information about previously funded projects, and application instructions.

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Deadline: January 15, 2021

The Spencer Foundation was established in 1962 to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. The foundation is committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.

To advance this mission, the foundation is accepting applications for its Large Research Grants Program, which supports education research projects with budgets of $125,000 to $500,000. Projects may not be longer than five years in duration. Applications are accepted twice a year. 

In keeping with the foundation's mission, the program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Historically, grants have supported research projects on a range of topics and disciplines, including education, philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and that employ a wide range of research methods. The foundation welcomes methodological diversity in answering pressing questions and is open to projects that use a wide array of research methods, including quantitative, qualitative, ethnographies, design-based research, participatory, and historical.

To be eligible, principal investigators and co-PIs must have earned a doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or have appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. In addition, PIs must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, nonprofit research facility, or nonprofit cultural institution that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded.

See the Spencer Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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