The William T. Grant Foundation is accepting applications for its Institutional Challenge Grant program, which encourages schools and university-based research institutes and centers to build sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations with the goal of reducing inequality in youth outcomes.
To that end, grants of up to $650,000 over three years will be awarded to partnerships in youth-serving areas such as education, justice, child welfare, mental health, immigration, and workforce development.
The award supports the efforts of research institutions to build sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. Research institutions applying for a grant will need to address four important goals: build a sustained institutional partnership with a public agency or nonprofit organization that serves young people in the United States; pursue a joint research agenda to reduce inequality in youth outcomes; create institutional change to value the partnership and its work; and develop the capacity of its partners to collaborate and use research evidence.
Grants will provide up to $50,000 for six to nine months of joint planning activities (e.g., refining protocols for partnering, selecting fellows, finalizing partnership agreements, etc.); fellowship support for the equivalent of one full-time or two half-time fellows per year, for two years; up to three years of support to conduct research; and resources to develop the capacities of both partners. In addition, recipients of grants will have the opportunity to apply for a two-year continuation grant in order to solidify the partnership and institutional changes.
The foundation encourages proposals from teams with African-American, Latino, Native-American, and Asian-American individuals in leadership roles. The partnership leadership team also should include the principal investigator from the research institution and the lead from the public agency or nonprofit organization.
See the William T. Grant Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.