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

We are proud to announce four new grants to support research on reducing inequality in youth outcomes and one new grant to support research on improving the use of research evidence.

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

The next deadline to submit a letter of inquiry for a research grant in either of our focus areas will be in January 9, 2020. Updated application guidelines and full 2020 dates will be released in November 2019. Sign up for the Foundation’s mailing list to stay up-to-date on all funding opportunities and announcements.


Research Grants: Reducing Inequality


Rhode to College: Evaluation of a Program to Increase College Enrollment Among Low-Income Students
Can a light-touch intervention that provides information, nudges, and financial incentives to high-achieving, low-income students help them apply for and get into college?

Justine Hastings, Research Improving People’s Lives; Seth Zimmerman, Dept. of Economics, University of Chicago
4/1/2019–3/31/2021, $510,204


Using Design Thinking with Black Youth in the Juvenile Justice System to Illuminate Experiences with and Responses to Mental Health Inequities
How would Black youth in the juvenile justice system redesign that system to better meet their mental health needs?

Susan Rivers, iThrive Games Foundation; Gabrielle Rappolt Schlichtmann, Edtogether; Susan X. Jane, Navigators Consulting
7/1/2019–6/30/2021, $394,133


Reducing Gaps in Educational Attainment: The Role of Remediation Reform in California Community Colleges
Do community college reforms that use high school records rather than placement tests reduce inequalities in course enrollment and success?

Olga Rodriguez, Public Policy Institute of California
1/1/2020–12/31/2021, $420,778


Subjectivity and Bias in College Admissions: Can Letters of Recommendation Promote Fairer Decisions?
Does the inclusion of reference letters in a selective college’s admissions process reduce inequality in admissions decisions?

Jesse Rothstein, Department of Economics, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
7/1/2019-6/30/2021, $265,223


Research Grants: Improving the Use of Research Evidence


Measuring the Effectiveness of Research-Practice Partnerships in Education
Strong measures are needed to assess when and how research-practice partnerships are effective and can improve the use of research evidence in policy and practice.

Caitlin Farrell, National Center for Research in Policy and Practice, University of Colorado, Boulder; William R. Penuel, School of Education, University of Colorado, Boulder; Paula Arce-Trigatti, National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships, Rice University; James Soland, NWEA and University of Virginia
4/1/2019-3/31/2021, $947,648


Read more about funding criteria, eligibility, required documents, and applying online for research grants in both of the Foundation’s focus areas:

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