In honor of its fiftieth Anniversary, the Chicago-based Spencer Foundation has launched a Racial Equity Special Research Grants program to support education research projects that can contribute to understanding and ameliorating racial inequality in education.
The foundation is interested in funding studies aimed at understanding and disrupting the reproduction and deepening of educational inequality in education, and that seek to remake and imagine anew forms of equitable education. It is also interested in research projects that aim to reimagine educational opportunities in a multiplicity of education systems, levels, settings, and developmental ranges and that reach beyond documenting conditions and paradigms that contribute to persistent racial inequalities.
The foundation’s goal for the program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious, and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in relation to racial equity in education.
As with other Spencer Foundation grant programs, the program is "field-initiated" in that proposal submissions are not required to be developed around a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or geographic location.
The foundation will begin accepting applications November 9 for projects ranging from one to five years and with budgets of up to $75,000.
For more information and a downloadable PDF of the RFP, see the Spencer Foundation website.