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**Added as of 9/24/2021

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Grants

Organization: Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

Award amount: Undisclosed. Previous awards up to $57,000.

Deadline: LOI due 9/30/2021

Description: The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is an incubator of promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration and childcare.

Grants are only made if a successful project outcome will likely be of significant interest to other professionals, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and would have a direct benefit and potential national application. The Foundation’s goal is to provide seed money to implement those imaginative proposals that exhibit the greatest chance of improving the lives of young children, on a national scale. Because of the Foundation’s limited funding capability, it seeks to maximize a grant’s potential impact.

The Foundation provides funding in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Welfare
    • Children can only reach their full potential when all aspects of their intellectual, emotional and physical development are optimally supported.
    • Providing a safe and nurturing environment is essential as is imparting the skills of social living in a culturally diverse world. Therefore, the Foundation supports projects that seek to perfect child rearing practices and to identify models that can provide creative, caring environments in which all young children thrive.
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
    • Research shows that children need to be stimulated as well as nurtured, early in life, if they are to succeed in school, work and life. That preparation relates to every aspect of a child’s development, from birth to age seven, and everywhere a child learns – at home, in childcare settings and in preschool.
    • We seek to improve the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning, through the development of innovative curricula and research based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.
  • Parenting Education
    • To help parents create nurturing environments for their children, we support programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, prenatal care and diet, as well as programs which provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.

Eligibility: ​The Foundation will not fund:

  • programs outside of the United States
  • the operation or expansion of existing programs
  • the purchase or renovation of capital equipment
  • the staging of single events (e.g. concerts, seminars, etc.)
  • the creation or acquisition of works of art or literature
  • the activities of single individuals or for-profit entities
  • political or religious organizations
  • programs with religious content
  • programs to benefit children residing in foreign countries
  • medical research applicable to both adults and children

Furthermore, the Foundation will only fund grant applications that define measurable outcomes, include credible methods for documenting and assessing results, provide for financial accountability in the application of funds, and include detailed, prudent implementation budgets.

Consistent with the Foundation’s mission, as an incubator of innovative research and development directed to improving the general welfare of young children, we will not fund more than the first year of multiple year projects. It is our belief that having multiple funders, of those worthy projects that demand more sustained efforts, increases the likelihood of their success by ensuring broader oversight and greater long term promotional possibilities.

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AERA Dissertation Grants

Organization: American Educational Research Association

Award amount: $25,000

Deadline: 10/5/2021

Description: With support from the National Science Foundation, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Grants Program seeks proposals for Dissertation Grants. The AERA Grants Program provides advanced graduate students with research funding and professional development and training. The program supports highly competitive dissertation research using rigorous quantitative methods to examine large-scale, education-related data. The aim of the program is to advance fundamental knowledge of relevance to STEM policy, foster significant science using education data, and build research capacity in education and learning. Since 1991, this AERA Program has been vital to both research and training at early career stages.

The Grants Program encourages the use of major data sets from multiple and diverse sources. It emphasizes the advanced statistical analysis of data sets from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other federal agencies. The program also supports studies using large-scale international data systems (e.g., PISA, PIRLS, or TIMMS) that benefit from U.S. federal government support. In addition, statewide longitudinal administrative data systems (SLDS) enhanced through federal grants are also eligible for consideration. The inclusion of federal or state administrative information that further expands the analytic capacity of the research is permissible. The thrust of the analysis needs to be generalizable to a national, state, or population or a subgroup within the sample that the dataset represents.

The Grants Program is open to field-initiated research and welcomes proposals that:

  • develop or benefit from advanced statistical or innovative quantitative methods or measures;
  • analyze more than one large-scale national or international federally funded data set, or more than one statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) or incorporate other data enhancements;
  • integrate, link, or blend multiple large-scale data sources; or
  • undertake replication research of major findings or major studies using large-scale, federally supported or enhanced data.

The Grants Program encourages proposals across the life span and contexts of education and learning of relevance to STEM policy and practice. The research may focus on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to such issues as student achievement in STEM, contextual factors in education, educational participation and persistence (pre-kindergarten through graduate school), early childhood education and development, postsecondary education, and the STEM workforce and transitions. Studies that examine issues of specific racial and ethnic groups, social classes, genders, or persons with disabilities are encouraged.

Eligibility: Dissertation Grants are available for advanced doctoral students and are intended to support the student while analyzing data and writing the doctoral dissertation. Proposals are encouraged from the full range of education research fields and other fields and disciplines engaged in education-related research, including economics, political science, psychology, sociology, demography, statistics, public policy, and psychometrics. Applicants for this one-year, non-renewable award should be advanced doctoral students at the dissertation writing stage, usually the last year of study. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents enrolled in a doctoral program. Non-U.S. citizens enrolled in a doctoral program at an U.S. institution are also eligible to apply. Underrepresented racial and ethnic minority researchers as well as women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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AERA Research Grants

Organization: American Educational Research Association

Award amount: 10/5/2021

Deadline: $25,000-$35,000

Description: With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Grants Program seeks proposals for Research Grants. The AERA Grants Program provides Research Grants to faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral level scholars. The program supports highly competitive studies using rigorous quantitative methods to examine large-scale, education-related data. This research and training program is designed to advance knowledge and build research capacity in education and STEM education and learning. Since 1991, this AERA Program has been vital to both research and training at early career stages.

The Grants Program encourages the use of major data sets from multiple and diverse sources. It emphasizes the advanced statistical analysis of data sets from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other federal agencies. The program also supports studies using large-scale international data systems (e.g., PISA, PIRLS, or TIMMS) that benefit from U.S. federal government support. In addition, statewide longitudinal administrative data systems (SLDS) enhanced through federal grants are also eligible for consideration. The inclusion of federal or state administrative information that further expands the analytic capacity of the research is permissible. The thrust of the analysis needs to be generalizable to a national, state, or population or a subgroup within the sample that the dataset represents.

The Grants Program is open to field-initiated research and welcomes proposals that:

  • develop or benefit from advanced statistical or innovative quantitative methods or measures;
  • analyze more than one large-scale national or international federally funded data set, or more than one statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) or incorporate other data enhancements;
  • integrate, link, or blend multiple large-scale data sources; or
  • undertake replication research of major findings or major studies using large-scale, federally supported or enhanced data.

The Grants Program encourages proposals across the life span and contexts of education and learning of relevance to STEM policy and practice. The research may focus on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to such issues as student achievement in STEM, contextual factors in education, educational participation and persistence (pre-kindergarten through graduate school), early childhood education and development, postsecondary education, and the STEM workforce and transitions. Studies that examine issues of specific racial and ethnic groups, social classes, genders, or persons with disabilities are encouraged.

Eligibility: Research Grants are available for faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral ­level scholars. Proposals are encouraged from the full range of education research fields and other fields and disciplines engaged in education-related research, including economics, political science, psychology, sociology, demography, statistics, public policy, and psychometrics. Applicants for this one-year or two-year, non-renewable award must have received their doctoral degree at the start of the award. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. Non-­U.S. citizens affiliated with a U.S. university or institution are also eligible to apply. Underrepresented racial and ethnic minority researchers as well as women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Researchers who have previously received Research Grants through the AERA Grants Program (as a PI or Co­PI) may not apply for a Research Grant. However, applicants who have received an AERA Dissertation Grant are eligible to apply for a Research Grant. Dissertation Grant recipients must complete the Dissertation Grant before applying for a Research Grant.

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National Academy of Education Spencer Dissertation Fellowships

Organization: National Academy of Education

Award amount: $27,500

Deadline: 10/7/2021

Description: The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, analysis, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund. This year 35 fellowships will be awarded.

Eligibility:

  • Basic selection criteria are as follows:
    • Importance of the research question to education
    • Quality of the research approach and feasibility of the work plan
    • Applicant’s future potential as a researcher and interest in educational research
  • Applicants need not be citizens of the United States; however, they must be candidates for the doctoral degree at a graduate school within the United States.
  • Fellowships are not intended to finance data collection or the completion of doctoral coursework, but rather to support the final analysis of the research topic and the writing of the dissertation. For this reason, all applicants must document that they will have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1, 2022 and must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one or two-year time frame.
  • Applicants should have a demonstrated record of research experience in education.
  • Proposed project must be an education research project. NAEd/Spencer funds studies that examine the efficacy of curriculum and teaching methods; however, we do not fund the initial development of curriculum or instructional programs.
  • Applications will be judged on the applicant’s past research record, career trajectory in education research, and the quality of the project described in the application.
  • Fellows may not accept employment other than as described in the application, nor may they accept other awards without prior approval (including awards from NAEd or Spencer) that would provide duplicate benefits.
  • Applications must be made by the individual applying for the fellowship; group applications will not be accepted.

Link to complete RFP

Arnold Ventures Building Rigorous Evidence on Effective Student Support Strategies in Online Postsecondary Education

Organization: Arnold Ventures

Award amount: AV has committed up to $2 million for research studies that identify and hone promising student success interventions for students enrolled in online education to set the stage for larger‐scale, rigorous randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluations

Deadline: LOI due 10/11/2021

Description: Arnold Ventures (AV) is a nonpartisan philanthropy whose core mission is to invest in evidence‐based  solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. This Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks grant  applications to build the evidence base on effective student support strategies for students enrolled in online postsecondary programs, either fully‐online or in hybrid modalities. As a first step, we are  requesting initial letters of interest by October 11, 2021 (please see more details below).  

We are committed to improving the return on investment in higher education for students ‐ especially  those who have been historically underserved ‐ and for taxpayers. Even as access to higher education  has significantly expanded, we still struggle to help students complete their credentials and secure a  strong return on their investments. Colleges need sound evidence to identify ways to support students’  financial, social, and academic needs. As part of our work in higher education, we support research to  uncover and scale up the most effective programs and practices that will pave the way for success among all students.

Our ultimate goal in this RFP is to build a base of credible evidence about “what works” for students  enrolled in online higher education programs. Online enrollment has steadily grown over the past  decade: in fall 2018, 5.7 million students ‐ more than a third of undergraduates ‐ enrolled in at least one  online education course, while 2.3 million enrolled exclusively online. If done effectively, online options  could expand access for students who require flexible scheduling or lack in‐person options, such as adult  students and rural students.   

But much of the evidence suggests that many students who enroll online are less likely to complete  college and earn lower grades, and particularly those students who are traditionally underserved and  less academically‐prepared.1  There is also relatively limited evidence on effective supports for online  students ‐ such as advising or other wraparound services ‐ to help improve outcomes, even as  institutions and other stakeholders have begun to develop promising strategies. 

We are seeking to support the following types of projects through this RFP:

  • Feasibility studies that set up a prospective evaluation and consider whether it would be  productive (e.g., assessing program maturity and variation in implementation, identifying  potential sites to participate, refining research methodology)   
  • Rapid‐cycle evaluations that refine program models and provide preliminary evidence of impact   
  • Well‐conducted quasi‐experimental design (QED) studies that can provide a reliable assessment  of the program’s impact at lower cost before conducting a full‐scale RCT3  
  • Pilot randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that provide a test run for a fully‐powered RCT—for  instance, the pilot study might have a lower sample size or only produce short‐term results—by  laying important groundwork (e.g., testing data collection, assessing program fidelity) and  offering preliminary evidence of impact

Eligibility: See the complete RFP for eligibility criteria.

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National Academic Advising Association Academic Advising Research Grant

Organization: National Academic Advising Association

Award amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: 11/1/2021 and 3/15/2022

Description: ​NACADA supports research to advance knowledge about academic advising. Rigorous inquiry that investigates academic advising’s impact, context, or theoretical basis is particularly needed. The Research Committee has identified a research agenda of critical areas for research within these areas.

  • The impact of academic advising on students and institutions, such as measurement of advising’s impact on particular student populations or on institutional goals (such as retention or program implementation) or analysis of the impact of particular advising practices, models, or organizational structures on student learning and development.
    • Critical areas: International students; Students from underrepresented populations; Impact of advising on retention; Impact of advising on student decision-making; Comparative studies of advising models; Measurement of student learning from advising
  • The context of academic advising, which may include examination of institutional and cultural conditions that have an impact on student academic decision-making, institutional support, or reward and recognition of advising 
    • Critical areas: Faculty roles in academic advising; Use of technologies in engaging students in advising; Historic studies of the development of advising; Advising models in settings outside the United States
  • The theoretical basis of academic advising development and practice, including evaluation or analysis of advising-based theory from philosophical/theoretical perspectives informed by a variety of disciplines
    • Critical areas: Theory-building from humanities disciplines and other disciplinary areas underrepresented in college student literature; Connections between academic advising and higher education’s broader learning mission

Eligibility: Current NACADA members, including practicing professionals, graduate students, and faculty from any institution (US or international) seeking support for research in academic advising are eligible to apply.  Those not currently members of NACADA are encouraged to engage in the scholarship of advising, explore the resources and publications NACADA has available, and consider membership.

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World Cultural Council Albert Einstein World Award of Science and José Vasconcelos World Award of Education

Organization: World Cultural Council

Award amount: $10,000

Deadline: 11/20/2021

Description: Nominees for the “Albert Einstein” World Award of Science should be eminent scientists whose achievements can serve as an inspiration for future generations. Considerations will be given to individuals or institutions in one of the Life Sciences, such as Neuroscience, Earth Science, Biology, Biochemistry, Medicine or Chemistry; or in one of the Natural Sciences such as Physics, Mathematics or Astronomy. The prize is awarded every year.

A candidate for the “José Vasconcelos” World Award of Education should be a renowned educator, an authority in the field of teaching, or an individual who has promoted education policies. Through his/her work, the individual or team should have had a significant influence on the advancement of culture for mankind. The prize is awarded every second year.

In addition to considering the candidate’s breakthrough achievements, the jury will also take into account the service which each has made to mankind and his/her qualities as a role model who inspires future generations to contribute to a better world.

Eligibility: See complete funding opportunity for eligibility criteria.

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AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research

Organization: American Educational Research Association

Award amount: $25,000

Deadline: 12/1/2021

Description: The AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research seeks proposals from advanced graduate students who are from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in higher education. The Fellowship Program encourages studies that examine a wide range of education research topics such as students’ school experiences, STEM education and learning, ethnic studies/curriculum; tracking; measurement of achievement and opportunity gaps; English language learners; or bullying and restorative justice. These studies may focus on students, teachers, schools, and/or educational contexts across multiple educational stages including early childhood education and development, k-12 education, postsecondary education, and the workforce. Studies should use rigorous scientific research methods within quantitative, qualitative, archival, and/or mixed method techniques. Studies that examine issues of specific racial and ethnic groups, social classes, genders, or persons with disabilities are encouraged and supported by the Fellowship Program.

Eligibility: The AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders). Applicants can come from graduate programs and departments in education research, the humanities, or social or behavioral science disciplinary or interdisciplinary fields, such as economics, history, political science, psychology, public policy, or sociology. Eligible graduate students will be at the writing stage of their dissertation by the beginning of the fellowship. 

Fellows are required to provide proof of advancement to candidacy at the beginning of the award period. Applicants must work full-time on their dissertations and course requirements. 

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ECMC Foundation College Success and Career Readiness Grants

Organization: ECMC Foundation

Award amount: Varies

Deadline: Rolling LOIs

Description: Based in Los Angeles, ECMC Foundation is a national foundation working to improve postsecondary outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds.

Demand for funding has increased dramatically in the last several weeks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on postsecondary institutions and the students they serve.  As a result, we are giving priority to those requests that address the immediate challenges and opportunities arising from the pandemic. The Foundation is especially interested in those proposals that focus on implementing systemic reforms to increase college success and career readiness for students from underserved backgrounds.

Through its two focus areas, College Success and Career Readiness, ECMC Foundation provides a spectrum of investment strategies, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments; and supports the following key activities:

  • New Program or Model Development
  • Existing Program Refinement or Expansion
  • Organizational Capacity Building
  • Research
  • Evaluation
  • Capital

Eligibility: See funding opportunity for eligibility criteria.

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Brady Education Foundation Grant Program

OrganizationBrady Education Foundation

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: Rolling. Applications due April 1, August 1, December 1.

Description: The Brady Education Foundation seeks to close the educational opportunity gaps associated with race, ethnicity and family income. The Foundation pursues its mission by promoting collaboration among researchers, educators, and other stakeholders via the funding of research and program evaluations that have the potential of informing private funders and public policy.

The Foundation is particularly focused on the evaluation of programs that are feasible and sustainable (i.e., can work and be maintained in the real world of educational settings and systems), accessible (i.e., are available to and attainable by the families that need them), and strength-based (i.e., recognize not only the challenges that minoritized families and those with low economic resources face but also the strengths that develop within diverse cultural contexts that can be capitalized upon to promote strong academic outcomes).

The Foundation is currently accepting proposals focused on evaluating programs that have the potential of helping to close the opportunity and resulting achievement gaps associated with race and family income.

Primary aim:

  • What works: The primary aim must concern evaluating the effectiveness of programs designed to promote positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children (birth through 18 years) from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities (specifically minoritized ethnic groups, low-income families) in order to inform ways to close the educational opportunity gaps associated with race and income.

Secondary aims may also focus on one or more of the following:

  • What works for whom, under what conditions: Investigate variations in program effects; that is, test for moderation effects that inform whether effects are stronger for certain groups and/or under certain conditions than other groups or conditions.
  • Reasons for effects: Investigate mechanisms through which effects occur; that is, test for mediation effects that inform why the program is effective.
  • Cost-benefit analyses: Compare the total costs of the program (start-up and ongoing operational costs) with its estimated monetary benefits to determine the net cost or benefit associated with the program.

The proposed project may span up to three years.

Eligibility: Applicants at all career stages may apply; teams are evaluated in terms of their abilities to successfully carry out the proposed work. Programs that include communities of color in their target population (who will thus be represented in the study sample) must have at least one researcher of color on the leadership team (at the PI / co-PI level) of the program evaluation (the leadership team can also include researchers who identify as white; co-PI leadership structures are permitted).

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National Endowment for Financial Education General Grants

Organization: National Endowment for Financial Education

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: LOIs accepted biannually on 6/1/2021 and 12/7/2021

Description: NEFE provides funding for rigorous, innovative and actionable research that seeks to improve the public’s financial well-being and has the potential to make a profound contribution to the field of financial education. NEFE currently offers research grants and will soon expand our support to include directed research opportunities.

NEFE welcomes original research questions and replication studies that align with our funding priorities. Research projects must use rigorous empirical and/or theoretical analysis. Original data is welcome but not required.

The NEFE grant cycle remains open to all eligible concepts, but we give preference to well-designed projects that align with the following four topic areas:

  • Measurement: Studies that re-evaluate current financial literacy metrics and how financial literacy, behavior, perception, knowledge and skill can be measured more effectively.
  • Systemic Inequality: Studies that investigate knowledge, skill and wealth disparities, especially among populations that are statistically more likely to experience systemic barriers to improving their financial well-being.
  • Data and Methodological Limitations: Studies that examine bias—specifically as it pertains to personal finance—in order to help our field identify knowledge gaps in and to strengthen research data and design by including traditionally less heard voices.
  • Youth Focus: Studies that examine inconsistencies in exposure to financial education among youth in the U.S. as well as variations in financial socialization and education within family units.

Eligibility: 

Projects should:

  • Generate new data or utilize existing datasets; original data is not required
  • Involve the direct study of U.S. households and individuals or issues and trends pertaining to them (i.e., the scope is domestic)
  • Investigate direct impacts of financial education or propose research that results in findings impactful to the field
  • Align with NEFE’s research funding priorities

NEFE does not fund projects that:

  • Have commercial or proprietary elements
  • Are related to the pilot, development, execution, evaluation, expansion or administration of specific programs, courses or curricula

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Spencer Foundation Education Research Small Grants Program

Organization: Spencer Foundation

Award amount: $50,000 or less

Deadline: Rolling. Next deadline 10/1/2021.

Description: The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. The Spencer Foundation accepts applications three times per year.

This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. Our goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education.

Eligibility: To be eligible, principal investigators and co-PIs must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or have appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. PIs also must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, nonprofit research facility, or nonprofit cultural institution that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded.

See the Spencer Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Procter & Gamble Fund Higher Education Grant Program

OrganizationProcter & Gamble

Award amount: $5,000-$10,000 for one year projects. Each college or university will receive $50,000 maximum in one year.

Deadline: Annual. Applications due September 30.

Description: The Procter & Gamble Fund Higher Education Grant Program was established to provide support for efforts of regionally accredited U.S. colleges and universities that will better prepare students for success in business. A Selection Committee reviews all applications and selects the winning projects. Based on the scope of the project, grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 will be awarded. Awards are for one year only. The maximum any college or university will receive in one year is $50,000.

Applications accepted July 1-September 30.

Eligibility: Grants will be provided for specific projects or programs, not for operating support. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Improving curriculum to be at the cutting edge in relevance and effectiveness.
  • Fostering and enabling leadership opportunities and learning.
  • Creating a learning environment that encourages and enhances innovation and creativity.
  • Strengthening diversity in thought, participation and ongoing interaction.

In fairness to all participating institutions, there is a limit of two applications per discipline (i.e., two applications from the School of Business, two applications from the School of Engineering, etc). For example, we will accept an application from a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and an application from a Professor of Chemical Engineering from the same College/University. If we receive more than two applications from the same discipline, we will ask your Dean to select the two that will be submitted for the competition.

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