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

Institutional Challenge Grant

The online application is now closed. The deadline for applications is TBD.

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Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

The online application is closed. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is TBD.

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Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

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Youth Service Capacity-Building Grants

The online application is open. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is September 15, 2021, 3:00pm EST.

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Featured Updates

Featured Work

Research-Practice Partnerships in Education: The State of the Field

Caitlin C. Farrell, William R. Penuel, Cynthia E. Coburn, Julia Daniel, and Louisa Steup

Drawn from interviews with dozens of RPP leaders and a literature review spanning hundreds of recent empirical studies, Research-Practice Partnerships in Education: The State of the Field offers a snapshot of the RPP landscape at a pivotal moment.


Reflections on Research-Practice Partnerships in Education: The State of the Field

Racial Equity and Research Practice Partnerships 2.0: A Critical Reflection
John B. Diamond

Partnerships in Action: A New RPP Highlights the Field’s Evolution
John Easton and Meg Bates

Research-Practice Partnerships for Racially Just School Communities
Camille M. Wilson

Upcoming Event

Register Now: From Understanding Inequality to Reducing Inequality

On October 28, join us for “From Understanding Inequality to Reducing Inequality,” a virtual forum co-sponsored by the Institute of Human Development and Social Change at New York University, the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality at the CUNY Graduate Center, the Center for the Study of Wealth and Inequality at Columbia University, and the William T. Grant Foundation, on the potential of research to help build and strengthen efforts to address inequality and delineate pathways through which research may lead to large-scale social change.

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President’s Comment

Effective Programs are Not Enough, We Need Structural Change to Reduce Inequality

Citing examples of recently-funded studies that aim to address systemic roots of inequality, Adam Gamoran calls on more researchers to look beyond individual programs and policies in their research: “If we wish to reduce inequality, it will not be enough to identify programs that compensate for built-in obstacles—we need to overturn the obstacles from the start.”

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Reducing Inequality

Announcing a $300,000 Grant to Support Research on Reparations for Black American Descendants of Enslaved Persons

With this new grant to the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, a team led by William A. Darity Jr. will investigate the effects of different configurations of Black reparations, gauging how these plans would shape the well-being of Black children, their families, and the broader economy.

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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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Foundation News

Special Collection: Sociology’s Role in Responding to Inequality

A new special collection of Socius, edited by Adam Gamoran, considers the contributions of sociology and the social sciences broadly, and points toward the potential for our research to do more to advance change and illuminate ways to respond to the challenge of inequality.

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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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