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William T. Grant Foundation Accepting Applications for Institutional Challenge Grants

  • September 07, 2018

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.

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