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

Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

The online application is now open. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is January 13, 2021, 3:00pm EST.

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Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

The online application is now open. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is January 13, 2021, 3:00pm EST.

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Featured Updates

Foundation News

Announcing Three New Rapid Response Research Grants to Combat Youth Inequality Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Foundation developed the Rapid Response Research awards to foster agile uses of research to respond to the needs of young people growing up in an uncertain and turbulent social climate. In 2020, the Foundation devoted nearly the entire budget of this grant program toward work that is specifically designed to reduce inequality and improve the youth outcomes amid the changing social contexts in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Grantee Perspectives

Panel Discussion: Critical Race Perspectives on the Use of Research Evidence

Collaboration between universities and community agencies is essential for developing and testing practical responses to persistent racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic inequalities that afflict our nation. Here, Adam Gamoran expands on how the Foundation’s Institutional Challenge Grant can help support such collaboration and allow universities to fulfill their potential for leadership towards social justice.

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Foundation News

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

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.

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President's Comment

Anti-Racist Education is Essential for Research Universities

By Adam Gamoran

As the President of a Foundation whose research grantees are almost uniformly also funded by the federal government, I am appalled by the recent OMB directive and presidential executive order prohibiting anti-racist training for federal agencies, contractors, and grantees. In a new post for the NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, I’ve issued a statement on these actions.

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Grantee Writing

Fostering Equitable and Effective Use of Digital Tools in K-12 Classrooms

By Carolyn Heinrich, Jennifer Darling-Aduana, and Annalee Good

Digital educational tools are touted for their promise in increasing equitable access to enhanced learning opportunities and improving educational outcomes for K-12 students. Yet there is a growing consensus that the thorniest challenges schools and educators face in integrating educational technology are around how digital learning interacts with the systemic social, economic, racial, and historical patterns of inequity in education.

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