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Critical race theory provides a useful lens for understanding how racism pervades our research and policy institutions and ways we might reconstruct them in more equitable ways. On October 1, the Foundation hosted a virtual panel discussion, “Critical Race Perspectives on the Use of Research Evidence,” which featured three researchers offering ideas about how to […]

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In this role, Dr. Supplee will lead the Foundation’s initiatives on improving the use of research evidence and its Institutional Challenge Grants program.

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We are pleased to announce three new members of the William T. Grant Scholars Selection Committee, a dedicated group of academics who are committed to the Scholars Program’s priorities of career development, mentoring, and the bold pursuit of new research challenges. Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Cynthia Coburn, and David Takeuchi began their term in July 2020. We […]

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As we make our way through this terrible time, with the health and economic devastation of the pandemic disproportionately manifested in communities of color compounded by searing examples of racial injustice, we reflect on what more we, as a funder of social science research on youth, can do to combat racial and economic inequality in […]

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Applying for Grants

Adam Gamoran will be joined by research grantees Max Crowley and Itzhak Yanovitzky, each of whom will share details of the specific issues their respective studies aim to address, the strategies they are examining, and ways they have approached the question of how to evaluate impact and assess change.

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The swift, systematic review of existing research is jointly designed by both partners to ensure that the questions guiding the synthesis are responsive to real information needs of decision makers.

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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.

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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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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Institutional Challenge Grant

We are very pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 Institutional Challenge Grant. Launched in 2017, the Institutional Challenge Grant program encourages research institutions to build long-term research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. To do so, research institutions will need to shift their policies […]

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We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 William T. Grant Scholars Program. Ten early-career researchers were selected from a pool of 62 applicants after a rigorous review by our staff and Selection Committee. Program officer Fabienne Doucet said of the finalists, “this group of early-career researchers represents an exciting range of disciplinary, […]

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Vivian Tseng on “No Jargon” Podcast, Episode 197: Making Research Matter

Vivian Tseng joins the Scholars Strategy Network No Jargon podcast to talk about how research has traditionally been used to shape education policy in the U.S. and how more recent approaches may pave the way toward “making research matter.” Listen: No Jargon, Episode 197: Making Research Matter