Racial Equity Research Grants

The Racial Equity Research Grants program supports education research projects that will contribute to understanding and disrupting racial inequality in education and work to reimagine generative possibilities to advance educational equity. This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not required to focus on a particular research topic, discipline, design, or method. For instance, scholars might focus on: instructional challenges and innovations; racial and geographic disparities and promising directions for engaging and supporting children, families, and communities; informal learning environments and informal educators; assessment challenges and opportunities; climate change and equity, social-emotional learning and well-being; educator and leader development; digital learning environments; systems change and policy making; and intersections between housing, health, and education.


  • Proposals to the Racial Equity Research Grants program must be for academic research projects that will contribute to understanding and ameliorating racial inequality in education, broadly conceived. 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.
  • Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a Racial Equity Research Grant 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 or public/governmental institution that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded.
  • PIs and Co-PIs may not submit more than one application for a given deadline in this program.  Additionally, PIs or Co-PIs cannot have two projects under review in different programs.
  • 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.


Proposed budgets for this program are limited to US$75,000 total and may not include indirect cost charges per Spencer’s policy.

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


For more information, please visit the website



May 16, 2023 (12 noon CDT)Intent to Apply Deadline. The PI (not ORS) submits the LOI to the Agency via online portal. 

June 14, 2023 (12 noon CDT)Full Proposal Deadline. SFU Signature Sheet and full proposal due to ors@sfu.ca at least 3 business days prior to the deadline. Note: ORS sign off is required, and the signature process must be completed by noon on the deadline date. Therefore, ORS recommends completing the online application at least a week ahead of the deadline date.The Spencer Foundation will not accept late submissions. 

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