The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research focused on reducing inequality in youth outcomes and improving the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people in the United States.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

The online application is now closed. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is May 5, 2021, 3:00pm EST.

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Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

The online application is now closed. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is May 5, 2021, 3:00pm EST.

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Youth Service Improvement Grants

The online application is now open. The next deadline for applications is March 11, 2021, 3:00pm EST.

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Featured Updates

Foundation News

Four New Research Grants to Build Theory and Evidence in our Focus Areas

We are proud to announce four new research grants, including three to support studies on reducing inequality in youth outcomes and one to support a study on improving the use of research evidence. Approved at the Foundation’s fall Board meeting, these grants will build theory and empirical evidence in our two focus areas.
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Insight and Analysis

Using Research Well: A Framework for Understanding Quality Use of Research Evidence

A new framework from the Q Project at Monash University invites us to reflect honestly on our current approaches to talking about, enhancing, and practicing evidence use.

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Webinar

Proposing Studies of Strategies to Address Structural Roots of Inequality

In this webinar, recorded on November 9, 2020, Program Officer Jenny Irons discusses the Foundation’s focus on reducing inequality and shares guidance for prospective applicants interested in studying strategies to address inequality’s structural roots. Irons is joined by grantees Matthew Desmond (Princeton University) and Cecilia Ayón (University of California, Riverside), who expound on the different system-level factors at the center of their respective studies, their methodological approaches, and challenges and opportunities for the field.

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Staff Writing

Building Trust in Science Will Require Democratizing Evidence

In a new post published by The Hill, Vivian Tseng outlines how incorporating democratic principles will be key to building trust in science in the coming years, writing: “Democratizing evidence would foster an informed citizenry, in which those furthest from opportunity could influence the development and use of evidence to drive stronger government, policy, and practice.”

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Grantee Writing

Fostering Equitable and Effective Use of Digital Tools in K-12 Classrooms

By Carolyn Heinrich, Jennifer Darling-Aduana, and Annalee Good

Digital educational tools are touted for their promise in increasing equitable access to enhanced learning opportunities and improving educational outcomes for K-12 students. Yet there is a growing consensus that the thorniest challenges schools and educators face in integrating educational technology are around how digital learning interacts with the systemic social, economic, racial, and historical patterns of inequity in education.

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