The Conference Grant Program provides support to scholars to organize small research conferences, focused symposia, or other forms of convenings around important issues in education research. This program is intended to bring together researchers, community members, practitioners, policymakers, and other important collaborators whose expertise, substantive knowledge and practice, theoretical insight, or methodological expertise can be engaged in ways that help to build upon and advance education research. We encourage applicants to think creatively about how convenings can expand our understanding of research methods and how new innovative research methods can impact educational research that is grounded in advancing racial equity. This grant program supports proposals with budgets of $50,000 or less.
The Foundation rotates the area of focus for this program annually to generate fresh ideas and perspectives on pressing educational challenges. For this funding cycle, Spencer will support conferences related to the topic of critical and innovative methodological needs and advancements in the service of education research that advances racial equity.