Research Grants on Education: Large

Proposals to the Research Grants on Education program must be for academic research projects that aim to study education. Proposals for activities other than research are not eligible (e.g., program evaluations, professional development, curriculum development, scholarships, capital projects). Additionally, proposals for research studies focused on areas other than education, are not eligible.

Eligibility

Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a Large Research Grant on Education must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. While graduate students may be part of the research team, they may not be named the PI or Co-PI on the proposal.

The PI must be affiliated with a non-profit organization that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. The Spencer Foundation does not award grants directly to individuals. Examples include non-profit colleges, universities, school districts, and research facilities, as well as other non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS.

Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally, however all proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be proposed in U.S. Dollars.

PIs and Co-PIs may only hold one active research grant from the Spencer Foundation at a time. PIs and Co-PIs may not submit more than one research proposal to the Spencer Foundation at a time. 

Funding & Duration

Large Research Grant budget totals should be between $125,000 and $500,000, including 15% indirect cost charges.  Proposals will be funded within the following funding tiers: US$125,000 to 250,000; US$250,001 to $375,000; and US$375,001 to $500,000. 

Projects proposed may not be longer than 5 years in duration.

Signature from ORS required for the full proposal. Applicants need to provide the signatory’s name, title, and email address. Note: The signature process must be completed by noon on the deadline date. Applicants are responsible for making sure the proposal is signed by the deadline.Please account for the time it takes SFU’s authorized signer to review and sign proposal submissions. The Spencer Foundation will not accept late submissions. Please contact ors@sfu.ca to receive necessary details on the signatory and additional information/documents. 

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Two-step Application:

Upcoming Cycle:

May 19, 2021: Intent to Apply. Applicant (not ORS) submits the intent to apply.

Jun 16, 2021: Full Proposal Deadline. Applicant (not ORS) submits the application, but ORS sign-off is required. Please submit SFU Signature Sheet and full application to ors@sfu.ca no later than 3 business days prior to the deadline. 

Next Cycle:

Jan 26, 2022: Intent to Apply. Applicant (not ORS) submits the intent to apply.

Feb 23, 2022: Full Proposal Deadline. Applicant (not ORS) submits the application, but ORS sign-off is required. Please submit SFU Signature Sheet and full application to ors@sfu.ca no later than 3 business days prior to the deadline. 

Upcoming Deadlines

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January 26, 2022January 26, 2022 Verified Date
16:00:00 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Research Grants on Education: Large The Large Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets ranging from $125,000 to $500,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. .
February 23, 2022February 23, 2022 Verified Date
February 18, 2022 Feb. 18, 2022 February 18, 2022 16:00:00 February 18, 2022 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Research Grants on Education: Large The Large Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets ranging from $125,000 to $500,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. .
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