The following information was posted for the 2016 deadline. This program will be updated in June 2017 and the application and precise deadline will be available at that time.
- Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a Lyle Spencer Research Award 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 administering organization 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.
- Lyel Spencer Research Award budgets are limited to $1,000,000, including indirect costs.
- Budgets may include indirect costs equaling 15% of the direct costs of the proposed project.
- 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. (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.)
The initial step in the Lyle Spencer Research Awards program is to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). Instructions for submitting the LOI can be found in the right-hand sidebar. The review of the LOI will take approximately 2 months and the PI will be notified via email of their proposal's status.
A subset of LOIs will be invited to submit an essay and full proposal. Research teams are given approximately 2 months to prepare their submission. Once received, the review process for the essay and full proposal will take 7 months.