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

We are proud to announce six new grants to support research on reducing inequality in youth outcomes and improving the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people.

Approved at the Foundation’s fall board meeting, these grants will build theory and empirical evidence in our focus areas.

The online application for research grants is now open, and updated application guidelines are now available. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is January 10, 2018, 3:00 p.m. EST. Sign up for the Foundation’s mailing list to stay up-to-date on all funding opportunities and announcements.


Research Grants: Reducing Inequality


Reducing Child Poverty

How can the United States reduce child poverty by half in 10 years?



Natacha Blain, The National Academies of Sciences Board on Children, Youth, and Families

11/1/2017–8/31/2019, $200,000


Course Corrections: Assessing the Value of Prison-Based Education for Incarcerated Youth in Washington State

Does youth participation in education programs during incarceration raise earning and education outcomes and reduce recidivism after release?



Dan Goldhaber, Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research, University of Washington, and James Cowan, American Institutes for Research (AIR)

9/1/2017–8/31/2020, $526,782


Connected Scholars: A Mixed-Methods Investigation of a Social Capital Intervention for First-Generation College Students

Does a mentoring intervention improve academic outcomes for racial/ethnic minority and low-income college students whose parents did not graduate from college?



Sarah Schwartz, Dept. of Psychology, Suffolk University; Janis Kupersmidt, Innovation Research & Training; Jean E. Rhodes, Dept. of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston; and Renee Spencer, Dept. of Human Behavior, School of Social Work, Boston University

1/1/2018–12/31/2020, $582,150


Can Food Scholarships Reduce Inequality by Improving College Persistence Among Community College Students?

Do food scholarships improve academic performance and persistence among low-income community college students?



Daphne Hernandez and Daniel O’Connor, Dept. of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston, and Sara Goldrick-Rab, Higher Education Policy and Sociology, Temple University

6/1/2018–5/31/2020, $557,691


Research Grants: Improving the Use of Research Evidence


Community Academic Partnership for Translational Use of Research Evidence (CAPTURE) in Policy and Practice

What strategies enable research-practice partnerships to improve the use of research evidence by child welfare agencies?



Gregory Aarons, Danielle Fettes, and Amy Green, Dept. of Psychiatry University of California, San Diego, and Cathleen Willging, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)

10/1/2017–9/30/2021, $948,079


Diffusing Research Evidence in Educational Systems

How can school districts leverage social networks among administrators and teachers to improve their use of research evidence?



Kara Finnigan, Warner School of Education, University of Rochester, and Alan Daly, Dept. of Education Studies, University of California, San Diego

1/1/2018–6/30/2019, $339,982