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Research-Practice Partnerships (RPP): Collaborative Research for Educational Change

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Investigators
for Collaborative Research Projects on Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Spencer Foundation

LOI Date:

11/24/20

Deadline Date:

12/17/20 12:00 PM Noon CT

Description:

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International investigators at nonprofit institutions and organizations for collaborative research projects on education. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Principal investigators will partner with educational institutions to provide insight into the processes, practices, and policies that improve education for students, educators, schools, universities, families, and communities.

Proposals to the Research-Practice Partnership program must be for research and other activities aimed to support collaborative partnerships between academic researcher(s) and a broad array of practitioner(s) of education.

Research is fundamental to every research-practice partnership, and the Foundation expects research activities to be the central element of every proposal. In addition to detailing a plan for research, successful applicants may also prioritize plans for communicating and disseminating key findings that have the potential to foster positive educational changes. expect research activities to be the central element of every proposal. In addition to detailing a plan for research, successful applicants may also prioritize plans for communicating and disseminating key findings that have the potential to foster positive educational changes.

Activities eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Research activities
  • Research infrastructure
  • Outreach, communications, and relationship building
  • Capacity development

Further details about these activities can be found at https://www.spencer.org/grant_types/research-practice-partnerships.pdf#page=3.

The Foundation also sees the importance of developing the next generation of scholars and practitioners who are prepared to collaborate in partnerships to improve both practice and research. The Foundation encourages proposals that include funds dedicated to the development of skills and expertise in conducting research in partnership for graduate students and early-career professionals and researchers. While it is expected that most proposals will include funds to support graduate students as part of the partnership, proposals could include plans for training and education beyond that.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171183

Estimated Size of Grant:

Research-Practice Partnership budget totals are limited to $400,000 including up to 15% indirect cost charges.

Term of Contract:

The proposed duration may not be longer than 3 years. The foundation recommends proposing a start date that is at least 9 months after the deadline for the Intent to Apply form.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant program is open to partnerships between researchers and a broad array of practitioners. The Foundation defines practitioners as school districts, county offices of education, state educational organizations, universities, community-based organizations, out-of-school-time providers, informal educators, and other social sectors that significantly impact students’ lives. As such, the Foundation is open to applications from design-based research teams, networked improvement communities, placed-based research alliances, and other partnership arrangements.

While this grant program is open to all partnership configurations across a range of learning contexts, in addition to pre k-12 school systems, the Foundation especially encourages applications from partnerships that include scholars and institutions of higher education, rural geographic locations, and partnerships that deeply engage community-based organizations and families.

Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a Research-Practice Partnership Grant are expected to have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or demonstrated professional experience appropriate for this program. Note: If the PI or Co-PI from the practice side of the partnership does not have an earned doctorate, they are expected to have appropriate professional experience to serve in this role in the partnership. While graduate students may be part of the 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. The PI associated with the administering organization for this grant could be either the practitioner or researcher of the partnership. At least one Co-PI should be from the other member organization(s).

Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally. Proposals for this grant program for partnerships outside of the U.S. or between U.S. and international agencies are eligible.

PIs and Co-PIs may only hold one active research grant from the Spencer Foundation at a time. (This restriction does not apply to the administering organization; organizations may submit as many proposals as they like as long as they are for different projects and have different research teams.)

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Intent to Apply due: November 24, 2020
- Full Proposal Deadline: December 17, 2020

The application process begins with an Intent to Apply form. Once submitted, you will have access to the Full Proposal application in the online portal. Intent to Apply forms are due by 12:00pm Noon central time on the deadline date.

All full proposal submissions are reviewed by external panel reviewers and internal staff. Those chosen as semi-finalists will be considered in the final decision meeting against the other semi-finalist proposals. The review process for this program takes approximately 7 months from the Letter of Intent deadline date.

The application is configured for the Principal Investigator on the project to register and submit the form.

PIs and Co-PIs may not submit more than one application for a given deadline to this program.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants must register in order to submit an LOI and application. To register, click here: https://spencer.smartsimple.us/s_Login.jsp

Direct questions to:
research-practice-partnership@spencer.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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