Lyle Spencer Research Awards: A new large grant program for 2014


The Foundation is pleased to introduce a new funding program for large, innovative, investigator-initiated projects. This program is the successor to our long-standing field-initiated major grant program. A full description of the Lyle Spencer Research Award program can be found by clicking here.

Small Research Grants in the Areas of Inquiry


The Foundation's  Small Research Grants program is organized under four areas of inquiry that identify broad topics we believe have fundamental and abiding importance for educational improvement.

The Relation Between Education and Social Opportunity
Organizational Learning in Schools, School Systems, and Higher Education Systems
Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources
Purposes and Values of Education

There are occasionally proposals that don’t fit within one of the board areas mentioned above; for those submissions, we welcome the proposal as a field-initiated Small Research Grant - click here.

Strategic Initiatives: Focused grant programs


The Foundation’s Strategic Initiatives reflect our commitment to specific, measureable investigations in the following three fields:

The New Civics Initiative
Data Use and Educational Improvement
Philosophy in Educational Policy and Practice