Investigators of projects with budgets over $50,000 are asked to submit a preliminary proposal as the first step in the review process. If the Foundation is interested in the project, the Principal Investigator will be invited to submit a full proposal.
Eligibility and Restrictions:
- 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, research facility, school district, or cultural institution that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded. Research Grant proposals from individuals are not eligible.
- 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.
- PIs and Co-PIs may only hold one active research grant from the Spencer Foundation at a time. Simultaneous submissions to Spencer from PIs and Co-PIs are discouraged due to this policy.
Upcoming changes to this grant program
As of March 15, 2014, the Areas of Inquiry will no longer be applicable to major grant proposals; please see the Lyle Spencer Research Awards program for future large grant opportunities.
Deadlines and Review Process
The next deadline for preliminary proposals is noon CST, Friday, March 14, 2014. Below is a timeline for this review cycle:
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: March 14, 2014
Prelim Decision Notification: by late May 2014
Invited Full Proposal Deadline: June 30, 2014
Final Funding Decision Notification: February 2015
Preliminary proposals must be submitted electronically using the Spencer Foundation’s online system. Below are the basic steps for submission.
Step 1: Determine within which Spencer Foundation Area of Inquiry your project best falls.
Step 2 - Registration: The PI must register and create a profile by clicking on the link below and then clicking the “Register Here” button.
Step 3 - My Profile: After logging in, you must complete the information requested on the My Profile page (upper right corner of the screen) and upload your current CV (10 page limit).
Step 4 - New Proposal: Click the New Proposal tab and choose the Major Grant button for the appropriate Area of Inquiry. As you work on your preliminary proposal, consider the two following tips:
Tip #1: Remember to frequently click the “Save Draft” button at the bottom of the application page. Any changes you make will not be recorded until you click the “Save Draft” button; click it often.
Tip #2: You will be required to upload PDF files during this process. If your file name has special characters within it (e.g. period, dash, etc), the file will not upload. Remove all special characters from your file names before attempting to upload them.
DETAILED GUIDELINES, click here. We strongly recommend you print out these guidelines to refer to as you go through the online application.
ONLINE APPLICATION, click here.
Answers to frequently asked questions about applying for a research grant from the Spencer Foundation can be found by clicking on our Research FAQ page. If you have any questions regarding the proposal submission process, please feel free to contact Annie Brinkman, Grants Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-274-6511.