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Grants to USA Research Institutions, Centers, and Schools to Collaborate with Nonprofits and Agencies to Promote Equality for Youth

Institutional Challenge Grant


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Deadline: 09/13/23 3:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA IHE-based research institutions, centers, and schools to work in partnership with nonprofit organizations and public agencies on research projects that promote equality in youth outcomes. Proposals are welcome in the areas of justice, education, mental health, child welfare, immigration, and workforce development. The Foundation especially encourages proposals from teams with African American, Latinx, Native American, and Asian American members in leadership roles.

The Institutional Challenge Grant encourages university-based research institutes, schools, and centers to build sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes.

To do so, research institutions will need to shift their policies and practices to value collaborative research. They will also need to build the capacity of researchers to produce relevant work and the capacity of agency and nonprofit partners to use research.

Research institutions will need to address four important goals:

  1. Grow an existing institutional partnership with a public agency or
    nonprofit organization.
  2. Pursue a joint research agenda to reduce inequality in youth outcomes.
  3. Create institutional change to value research-practice partnerships within research institutions.
  4. Enhance the capacity of both partners to collaborate on producing and using research evidence. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible research institutions:
• The Foundation makes grants only to tax-exempt organizations, not to individuals.
• Eligible organizations include university-based research institutes, schools, or centers. Institutions that sit outside of the academy, such as research organizations and think tanks, are not eligible.
• Proposals are encouraged from organizations that are under-represented among grantee institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Alaska Native-Serving Institutions, Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions, and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs).

Eligible principal investigators:
• Eligible principal investigators are leaders at eligible research institutions. They have visibility, influence on institutional policies and practices, and access to the resources needed to optimize and implement the award. They also possess the skills needed to cultivate trusting relationships with leaders from the partner public agency or nonprofit organization and to ensure the conduct of high-quality research.

Eligible public agencies or nonprofit organizations:
• Eligible public agencies include state or local agencies and their departments and divisions.
• Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations are eligible if they are open to the general public and provide or coordinate services for youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States.
• Eligible agencies and organizations engage in work relevant to youth in the areas of education, justice, child welfare, mental health, immigration, or workforce development and have the resources needed to implement and optimize the award.

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Pre-Application Information
- Online Application Opens: May 18, 2023
- Application Deadline: September 13, 2023, 3 PM ET
- Finalist Interviews: February 2, 2024

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Additional Funding Information

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Estimated Size of Grant
The award will provide $650,000. This includes:
• Up to $60,000 for up to 9 months of joint planning activities
• Funding for two years of a full-time equivalent fellowship. In addition, universities are required to fund one additional year of a full-time equivalent fellowship. support for the partnership to conduct and use research to reduce inequality in youth outcomes.
• Resources to advance the proposed institutional shifts and capacities of both partners.

Term of Contract
The award will provide support over three years. Current grantees have the opportunity to apply for a funded two-year continuation grant in order to solidify the partnership and institutional changes.

Contact Information
Apply online:

William T. Grant Foundation
60 E. 42nd Street 43rd Floor
New York, NY 10165
T 212.752.0071
F 212.752.1398

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