Spencer Foundation Racial Equity Research Grants Program 2024 (Up to $75,000 Budgets)

The program, known as the Research Grants for Racial Equity, offers assistance to research endeavors that aim to comprehend and tackle issues related to racial disparities in education.

Spencer Foundation Racial Equity Research Grants Program

Spencer Foundation Racial Equity Research Grants Program

They are specifically looking to fund studies that aim to disrupt and prevent the perpetuation of inequality in education. Additionally, they are interested in projects that explore new, equitable forms of education and consider a variety of educational systems, levels, settings, and developmental ranges.

The program encourages research that goes beyond simply documenting conditions and paradigms that contribute to ongoing racial disparities.

Program Detail

This program aims to support research that is rigorous, intellectually ambitious, and technically sound in addressing crucial issues related to racial equity in education. In this current funding cycle, the program will continue to fund scholarships focused on a variety of communities and equity-related issues.

The program welcomes proposals that employ various research methodologies, including but not limited to qualitative, mixed-methods, and quantitative approaches. Also, the program is particularly interested in proposals related to:

  • Innovative forms of measurement and assessment
  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Present-day political challenges surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion in K-12 and higher education institutions.


  • Applications for projects with durations of one to five years and budgets of up to $75,000 will be considered and accepted.

Eligibility Requirement

  • Applications to the Racial Equity Research Grants program should be for academic research projects that aim to understand and address racial inequality in education in a broad sense. Proposals for activities other than research, such as program evaluations, professional development, curriculum development, scholarships, or capital projects, are not eligible. Additionally, research studies focused on areas unrelated to education are not eligible.
  • For applicants seeking a Racial Equity Research Grant, it is required that the Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs hold a doctoral degree in an academic area or professional field. Alternatively, they should have relevant experience in a profession related to educational research. While graduate students can participate in the research team, they cannot be designated as the PI or Co-PI in the proposal.
  • The PI must be affiliated with a non-profit organization or a public/governmental institution that is willing to act as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. The Spencer Foundation does not directly provide grants to individuals. Eligible institutions include non-profit or public colleges, universities, school districts, research facilities, and other non-profit organizations that have received a 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS, or possess an equivalent non-profit status for organizations based outside the United States.
  • Proposals are accepted from both the United States and international applicants. However, all proposals must be submitted in English and budgets should be proposed in U.S. Dollars.

Application Process

To apply for the grant, you need to start by filling out an Intent to Apply form. After submitting the form, you will gain automatic access to the Full Proposal application through their online portal. The deadline for submitting the Intent to Apply form is Noon Central time, in North America, on the specified deadline date.

Visit Spencer Foundation Racial Equity Research Grants Program  official website for more information.

Application Deadline

May 29, 2024.

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