Set up in 1971, the Spencer Foundation is a US-based funder of education research and wishes to increase opportunities for all as well as improve education in order to impact positively on people's lives.
The Foundation's Conference Grants programme provides support to enable academics to develop small research conferences and focused symposia. The aim is to bring together researchers and practitioners whose substantive knowledge, theoretical insight and methodological expertise can be assembled in ways that build upon and advance best practices in education research.
Areas of focus for the scheme are rotated annually in order to generate fresh ideas and perspectives on important educational challenges. Support is available for conferences related to three topics that emerged from the Foundation's year-long field engagement with the education research community:
- Developing high-quality educators and leaders.
- Exploring human learning and thriving.
- Innovative research methods.
Funded events can serve as starting points for building new research agendas or as touchstones for research communities to connect and advance their shared scholarly interests about education research.
Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. PIs must be affiliated with a non-profit organisation that is willing to serve as the administering organisation if the grant is awarded, such as a college, university, school district, research facility or other non-profit organisation. Proposals are accepted from the US and internationally.
Proposals with budgets of up to $50,000 can be funded.
Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 7 May 2020.
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