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Grant foundation accepting letters of inquiry for studies on use of research evidence in policy, practice affecting youth

August 23, 2013

Network faithful – this is a great opportunity for those working with emerging adults. The William T. Grant Foundation seeks to fund high-quality empirical research with the goal of improving the lives of youth between 8 and 25 years of age in the United States. To help accomplish this goal, the foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry for its Request for Proposals on Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice.

Support will be provided for empirical theory-building studies of factors affecting policy makers’ and practitioners’ acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence. The foundation is interested in policy and practice directly relevant to youth in the U.S. Areas of focus can include education, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, family support, employment, mental health, and youth programs.

The foundation will consider applications for newly initiated studies as well as add-on studies to existing projects. Add-on studies must address research questions not covered by prior funding from the Grant Foundation or other funders, although they may cover secondary analyses of existing data or collection and analyses of new data.

The foundation encourages interdisciplinary projects and welcomes applications from researchers in various fields and disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, education, family studies, human development, organizational studies, political science, prevention research, psychology, public administration, public policy, public health, social work, and sociology.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be employed at a nonprofit institution, either in the U.S. or abroad.

The foundation will support research projects with awards ranging from $100,000 to $600,000 for direct and indirect costs over two to three years.  

Deadline: January 8, 2014 (Letters of Inquiry)

Visit the Grant Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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