William T. Grant Foundation 2021 Institutional Challenge Grant


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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.

Applications are welcome from partnerships in youth-serving areas such as education, justice, child welfare, mental health, immigration, and workforce development. We especially encourage proposals from teams with African American, Latinx, Native American, and Asian American members in leadership roles. The partnership leadership team includes the principal investigator from the research institution and the lead from the public agency or nonprofit organization.

Research institutions will need to address four important goals:

  1. Build a sustained 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. Develop the capacity of both partners to collaborate on producing and using research evidence

The award will provide $650,000 over three years.

Application opens on May 18,2021

Application deadline: September 14, 2021 3:00 PM ET


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