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.

Featured Funding Opportunities

Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

The online application is now open. The next deadline for applications is January 11, 2023.

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Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

The online application is now open. The next deadline for applications is January 11, 2023.

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William T. Grant Scholars Program

The online application is currently closed. The next deadline for applications will be in September of 2023. Updated application guidelines will be available soon.

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Institutional Challenge Grant

The online application is currently closed. The next deadline for applications will be in September of 2023. Updated application guidelines will be available early 2023.

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The Digest: Issue 7, Winter 2021/22

Featured Updates

Grantee Writing

How Universities Can Support Faculty of Color to Engage with Policymakers and Practitioners

In a new post, Denisa Gándara and Victoria Kim share insights from their ongoing study, which sheds light on barriers that impede faculty of color at research universities from from engaging with policymakers and practitioners around research. Having interviewed 20 faculty members of color who are either on the tenure track or tenured, Gándara and Kim detail the structural hurdles to external engagement and outline respondents’ recommendations for support from their universities.

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Insights

The 21st Century Agenda for Research on Child Welfare and our Interest in Studies on Reducing Inequality

The result of close collaboration with Casey Family Programs and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, as well as numerous national organizations, researchers, and individuals with lived experience in child welfare, the 21st century research agenda for child welfare captures the diversity of individuals involved in the child welfare system to highlight the most urgent needs.

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USE OF RESEARCH EVIDENCE

Studying Ways to Improve the Use of Research Evidence: Distinguishing Data from Research Evidence

The Foundation recognizes many different kinds of evidence to inform decision-making: data, research findings, clinical experience, and community input. The Foundation’s priority is studying how, when and under what conditions evidence from research is used to inform policy and practice and ways to improve the use of that evidence.

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Reducing Inequality

Webinar: What is the Role for Social Science in Reducing Inequality? Four New Critiques

The recent special collection of Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World began with a question: “If research is to make a difference in reducing inequality… how?” Offering new perspectives on ways that the social sciences can drive action and address large-scale social change, a new set of commentaries on the special collection outlines potential strategies including remaking research tools, incorporating theory and social-political contexts, learning from scholarship across disciplines and policy areas, and building a social science of radical reform. In this webinar, we’re joined by special collection authors and commentary writers to consider the state of the field and identify ways for sociology to move from understanding the problem of inequality to illuminating responses.

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Reducing Inequality

Proposing Research on Reducing Inequality: Is Your Study a Fit?

By Jenny Irons

Since 2015, the William T. Grant Foundation has funded exciting and important research that examines programs, polices, and practices to reduce inequality among youth ages 5-25 in the United States. If you are considering applying for a major grant or Officers’ research award in our reducing inequality focus area, we encourage you to closely evaluate whether your proposed study is a fit with our funding interests.

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GRANTEE WRITING

Networks, Knowledge Brokers, and the Potential to Impact the Use of Research Evidence

By Itzhak Yanovitzky and Matthew Weber

“The myriad of pathways for future research are numerous; our hope is that the collection of chapters in our edited volume help to move forward the state of the art with regards to the knowledge, networks and brokers.”

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