W.T. Grant Foundation Awards $3.1 Million in Research Grants

W.T. Grant Foundation Awards $3.1 Million in Research Grants

The William T. Grant Foundation in New York City has announced six grants totaling more than $3.1 million in support of research on ways to reduce inequality in youth outcomes and efforts to improve the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people.

In the area of inequality, the foundation awarded $200,000 over twenty-one months to Natacha Blain of the National Academies of Sciences Board on Children, Youth, and Families to study how the United States can reduce child poverty by half in a decade; $526,782 over three years to Dan Goldhaber of the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research at the University of Washington and James Cowan of the American Institutes for Research to assess whether prison-based education for incarcerated youth improve outcomes after release; $582,150 over three years to Sarah Schwartz of Suffolk University, Janis Kupersmidt of Innovation Research & Training, Jean E. Rhodes of the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and Renee Spencer of Boston University to examine whether mentoring improves academic outcomes for first-generation minority and low-income college students; and $557,691 over two years to Daphne Hernandez and Daniel O'Connor of the University of Houston and Sara Goldrick-Rab of Temple University to explore whether food scholarships boost academic performance and persistence among low-income community college students.

The foundation also awarded $948,079 over four years to Gregory Aarons, Danielle Fettes, and Amy Green of the University of California, San Diego and Cathleen Willging of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation to explore strategies for enabling research-practice partnerships to improve the use of research evidence by child welfare agencies; and $339,982 over eighteen months to Kara Finnigan of the University of Rochester and Alan Daly of UCSD to research how school districts could leverage administrators' and teachers' social networks to strengthen their use of research evidence.

"Six New Research Grants to Build Theory and Evidence in Our Focus Areas." William T. Grant Foundation Press Release 12/18/2017.