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Grant Announcements

We are pleased to announce four new research grants for studies in our reducing inequality focus area. Approved at the Foundation’s June Board meeting, these awards will help build theory and empirical evidence on promising strategies for reducing inequality in the outcomes of young people ages 5-25 in the U.S. Sign up for the Foundation’s […]

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Grant Announcements

The Foundation is pleased to announce that three research grantees have been awarded grants to support their development as mentors to junior researchers of color. The awardees will mentor promising doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows in enhancing their methodological skills, publication records, and career networks. The mentoring grants program is designed to help William T. […]

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Foundation News & Events

We are pleased to announce that Rosanna Aybar has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration. In this role, Rosanna will continue to lead finance, human resources, and IT, and will also provide expanded support and strategic planning for overall strategy, legal matters, and grants management operations. “This promotion recognizes Rosanna’s momentous contributions […]

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Foundation News & Events

Someone asked me recently what I will miss the most about my time at the Foundation. Beyond the shadow of a doubt, I will miss the relationships and communities we have built together.

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Featured Work

In recent years, research interest in knowledge brokerage has expanded across disciplines as scholars and practitioners alike seek to better understand the mechanisms that impact use of research evidence in policymaking processes. With funding from the William T. Grant Foundation, we endeavored upon a multi-year process to bring together scholars from health, education, psychology and […]

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Applying for Grants

One of the namesake challenges of the Institutional Challenge Grant is creating structural changes within research institutions in ways that value research-practice partnerships. In other words, we ask that applicants “propose a feasible strategy for institutional change that addresses observed structural, motivational, and financial barriers that inhibit research-practice partnerships at their institution.” While we do […]

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Foundation News & Events

The William T. Grant Foundation is delighted to announce the return of Kimberly A. DuMont in the role of Senior Vice President of Program, effective October 1, 2022. Kim was previously employed at the Foundation from 2011-2020 as program officer and senior program officer. She was instrumental in the 2015 reshaping of the Foundation’s initiative […]

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Foundation News & Events

Yesterday, The Foundation for Child Development announced that Vivian Tseng would become its new president and chief executive officer. Here at the William T. Grant Foundation, the announcement comes with a mix of great pride at seeing her career advancement, and sorrow at the departure of a long-time leader of inestimable value. Vivian has served […]

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Insight & Analysis

Funders shape what research is conducted on which questions. Funders can also support the infrastructure that is vital to engagement between policymakers and researchers. And while the grants funders make are public knowledge and have received attention in the literature, we know far less about how and why funders decide on what to support.

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Institutional Challenge Grant

In this webinar, deans from two current Institutional Challenge Grant teams join us to discuss the changes they intend for their respective schools, the concrete steps they are taking to encourage faculty to participate in engaged research, and the challenges they are navigating along the way.

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Research Grants

A new agenda for research on child welfare systems calls for bold new studies that meet the needs of the 21st Century child welfare system and improve the lives of our most vulnerable children, youth, and families. While there have been several research agendas for child welfare developed over the last decade, to our knowledge […]

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Foundation News & Events

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 […]

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Applying for Grants

We recently analyzed the applications we received over the last two years for research grants on improving the use of research evidence. One of the top three reasons applications were not selected for funding was a focus on the use of data and not research evidence, as defined by the Foundation. We recognize that distinctions […]

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Applying for Grants

With the increase in a variety of secondary data sources related to the use of research evidence and the growth of new methods and measures used in research on the use of research evidence, opportunities abound for those studying URE to advance the field. In response, for the August 2022 Officers’ research grants cycle, we […]

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Featured Work

By R. Chris Sheldrick, Tom Mackie, Lauren Supplee, Gracelyn Cruden, Liz Farley-Ripple, Bill Firestone, Brittany Gay, Jonathan Purtle, Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom, on behalf of the William T. Grant Foundation Special Interest Group on the Quality of the Use of Research Evidence. For many years, the William T. Grant Foundation has funded research on ways to improve […]

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