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

William T. Grant Scholars Program

The online application will open on April 1, 2021. Updated application guidelines are now available. The next deadline for applications is July 7, 2021, 3:00pm EST.

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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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Featured Updates

Foundation News

Upcoming Webinar: Politics, Power, and the Use of Research Evidence

Hosted by the Foundation and the Forum for Youth Investment, this webinar will focus on how concepts such as the perceived objective nature of evidence, the positionality of the researcher in policymaking, and the role of power and politics in the use of research evidence are critical to understand as we study how to improve the use of research evidence.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

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Grantee Voices

Reflections from the Reducing Inequality Convening: Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic

When we asked grantees in our reducing inequality focus area what they wanted to talk about at our annual convening in December, COVID-19 was top of mind. In this post, Program Officer Jenny Irons shares the lessons we’ll take from this moment and carry into the future.

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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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Foundation News

2021 Institutional Challenge Grant Finalists

Launched in 2017, the Institutional Challenge Grant encourages research institutions to build long-term research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. The program aims to bring research, policy, and practice communities together in ways that advance the use of research evidence and reduce inequality in youth outcomes.

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Foundation News

Funder to Funder Webinar: Reducing Inequality for LGBTQ Youth and Families

Join us for a webinar where we’ll discuss the Foundation’s interest in supporting studies on improving outcomes for LGBTQ youth, how this interest fits into our broader focus on reducing inequality in youth outcomes, and how other philanthropies can bolster their programs for LGBTQ youth and families by investing in relevant research. President Adam Gamoran and Program Officer Jenny Irons will be joined by two William T. Grant Scholars, Rachel Farr (University of Kentucky) and Mark Hatzenbeuhler (Harvard University), who will outline their respective research on policies and practices aimed at mitigating negative effects of discrimination and bullying on LGBTQ youth and families.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST

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