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 is now open. The deadline for applications is July 7, 2021, 3:00pm EST.

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Institutional Challenge Grant

The online application is now open. The deadline for applications is September 14, 2021, 3:00pm EST.

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Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

The online application is currently closed. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is August 4, 2021, 3:00pm EST.

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Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

The online application is currently closed. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is August 4, 2021, 3:00pm EST.

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Featured Updates

Foundation News

Special Collection: Sociology’s Role in Responding to Inequality

How has social science research furthered efforts to reduce inequality, and what is the potential for future research that explicitly aims to do so? These are the questions at the heart of a new collection of Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, edited by Adam Gamoran, titled “Sociology’s Role in Responding to Inequality.”

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Foundation News

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

We are proud to announce five new research grants, including four 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 March Board meeting, these grants will build theory and empirical evidence in our two focus areas.

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Foundation News

Three New-York City Nonprofits Awarded Youth Service Capacity-Building Grants

Part of a new program, these grants provide up to $60,000 in unrestricted general operating support over three years, with the express purpose of strengthening the infrastructure of promising organizations that provide direct services to young people ages 5 to 25 in New York City.

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Webinar

The Institutional Challenge Grant: An Overview of the Program and How to Apply

To kick off the fifth annual Institutional Challenge Grant competition this spring, Senior Program Officer Lauren Supplee hosted a webinar to discuss the background and goals of the program, as well as the award, the application, and the review process. Supplee and Foundation President Adam Gamoran also answered questions from attendees and share practical advice on how to prepare a competitive proposal.

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Foundation News

Five Early-Career Researchers Selected for the William T. Grant Scholars Class of 2026

Launched in 1982, the Scholars Program supports the professional development of promising researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences who have received their terminal degrees within the past seven years. To date, the program has sponsored more than 197 talented researchers.

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Insights

How We Can Engage with Race and Racism in Research: Developing a Racial Analysis

What does it mean to study race, and how does the conceptualization of racial inequality undergird research on responses to inequality more broadly?

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Staff Writing

Studying Ways to Improve the Use of Research Evidence: Is Your Proposal a Good Fit?

To increase your chances of being invited to submit a full proposal for a research grant on improving the use of research evidence, it is important that the study you describe in your letter of inquiry is closely aligned with the focus area. Here are ten tips to help assess whether your idea is a good fit.
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Rapid Response Research

A New Rapid Response Research Grant to Support the Work of Oakland’s “Reimagining Public Safety” Taskforce

With this grant, a working group of Berkeley researchers will provide research-based recommendations to Oakland’s City Council on alternative responses to community safety and programs that address the root causes of violence.
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Featured Work

Engaging Policymakers: A New Era of Research and Theory That Builds on the Basics

Researchers can more effectively engage policymakers if they begin with the basics of better understanding the policy community—its inhabitants, institutions, and culture.

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