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Grant Announcements

We are pleased to announce that the Foundation has awarded three Youth Service Capacity-Building Grants to New York City nonprofit organizations that provide services to young people in the five boroughs. 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 […]

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Grant Announcements

We are proud to announce six new research grants, including five 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. The next […]

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Insight & Analysis

In light of the lessons learned over the past decade, as well as those we’re learning in real time as the crisis unfolds, I recently wrote a post for Transforming Evidence reflecting on ways the research community can be of service as decision makers seek to chart the proper course in an unsettled environment.

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Grant Announcements

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 William T. Grant Scholars awards. 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 185 […]

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Institutional Challenge Grant

The Institutional Challenge Grant encourages university-based research institutes, schools, and centers to build sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. One of the goals of the program is to develop the capacity of partners on both sides to collaborate on producing and using research evidence. […]

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Foundation News & Events

The William T. Grant, Spencer, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundations are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Institutional Challenge Grant competition. The newest grants are jointly funded by the three Foundations, with a total of nearly $2,000,000 being awarded to Boston College, Northwestern University, and the University of California, Berkeley, all of which […]

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Institutional Challenge Grant 2020 Application Guidelines Available Now

The online application will open in early-June 2020. The application deadline is September 10, 2020, 3:00 PM EST.

Featured Work

Empirical understanding of the “how” of policymakers’ research use can inform our theoretical explanations of the “why”.

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Featured Work

As the shock of the current health and economic crisis takes a heavy toll on millions of Americans employed in the service sector, we must remember that millions of children are also vulnerable to dire consequences.

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Research-Practice Partnerships

Whether at the district, state, or federal level, successful efforts to produce and use research in policy decisions are often the result of cross-departmental collaboration. Given recent reforms, including the 2019 Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, which calls on federal agencies to create and implement plans for developing evidence to guide their work, models of […]

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President's Comment

While the world grapples with the crisis of COVID-19, each of us faces challenges in our own lives. As a funder, we want to alleviate one sense of pressure you may feel: We intend to be as flexible and understanding as possible when it comes to your work.

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Featured Grantee

In a recent interview we conducted with a congressional aide, she remarked that she was often inundated with research when working on a new policy issue. The aide’s primary goal in seeking out research evidence was to bring a new perspective to how her team was thinking through a given policy issue. This type of research use, wherein the research is a source of ideas, information, and orientations, is frequently defined as conceptual use of research.

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2020 Application Guidelines Now Available for the William T. Grant Scholars Program

The online application will open on April 30, 2020. The application deadline is July 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm EST.

Grant Announcements

We are proud to announce six new research grants, including five 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. The next […]

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Grant Announcements

We are pleased to announce that the Foundation has awarded six community-based organizations in New York City $25,000 grants to improve the quality of their youth programs. The Youth Service Improvement Grants program supports activities to improve the quality of direct services for young people ages 5 to 25 in the five boroughs of New […]

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