Spencer Foundation: Seeking Applications for Small Research Grants

Deadline: 1 November 2017

The Spencer Foundation is seeking applications for its Small Research Grants Program that supports education research projects. The program’s aim is to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived.

The Spencer Foundation was established in 1962 by Lyle M. Spencer. The Foundation is intended, by Spencer’s direction, to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world.

Funding Information

The budget of this grant is $50,000 or less.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a research grant must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession.
  • The PI must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, non-profit research facility, or non-profit cultural institution that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded. The Spencer Foundation does not award grants directly to individuals.
  • 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.


  • Small Research Grant budgets are limited to $50,000
  • Small Research Grant budgets may not include indirect cost charges.
  • PIs and Co-PIs may only hold one active research grant from the Spencer Foundation at a time. Simultaneous submissions to the Foundation from PIs and Co-PIs are discouraged due to this policy.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

For more information, please visit The Spencer Foundation.

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