The Institutional Challenge Grant encourages research institutions to build sustained 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 build the capacity of researchers to produce relevant work and the capacity of agency and nonprofit partners to use research. Equally important, research institutions will need to shift their policies and practices to value collaborative research.

Applications are welcome from partnerships in youth-serving areas such as education, justice, child welfare, mental health, immigration, and workforce development.


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Goals

The purpose of this award is to encourage research institutions to build sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. To achieve this purpose, research institutions will need to address four important goals:

  • Build a sustained institutional partnership with a public agency or nonprofit organization that serves young people in the United States.
  • Pursue a joint research agenda to reduce inequality in youth outcomes.
  • Develop the capacity of the partners to collaborate and use research evidence.
  • Create institutional change to value the partnership and its work.

The Award

The William T. Grant Foundation will make a $650,000 award to a research institution to support a research-practice partnership for three years. The award may be renewable for an additional two-year term. The grant will provide:

  • Up to $60,000 for 6-12 months of joint planning activities (e.g., refining protocols for partnering, selecting fellows, finalizing partnership agreements, etc.).
  • Fellowship support for the equivalent of one full-time or two half-time fellows per year, for two years. In addition, the research institution must contribute the equivalent of one full-time or two half-time fellows for the equivalent of a one-year, full-time term.
  • Up to three years of support for the partnership to conduct research to reduce inequality in youth outcomes.
  • Resources to develop the capacities of both partners.
  • Indirect cost allowance of up to 15 percent of total direct costs.

We encourage proposals from teams with African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian American members in leadership roles. The partnership leadership team includes the project’s principal investigator and the lead from the public agency or nonprofit organization.

Recipients of the award will have the opportunity to apply for a two-year continuation grant in order to solidify the partnership and institutional changes. At the end of a five-year grant, we expect the following results:

  • The research institution has established a set of strategies that facilitate sustained research collaborations with public agencies or private nonprofit organizations.
  • The public agency or private nonprofit organization has increased its capacity to use research evidence.
  • Participating researchers have improved partnership skills.
  • The research generated has been used in decision making and is likely to lead to improved outcomes for youth.

We hope that lessons from these grants radiate beyond the funded institutions and fellows. After the first few awards are made, we plan to gather the grantees and fellows to learn from one another.

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