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Фонд Спенсера | Программа грантов на конференцию для исследователей, практиков и политиков



The Spencer Foundation has launched the Conference Grant Program to provide support to scholars to organize small research conferences, focused symposia, or other forms of convening are around important issues in education.

This program is intended to bring together researchers, practitioners, policymakers and other important collaborators whose expertise, substantive knowledge and practice, theoretical insight, or methodological expertise can be engaged in ways that help to build upon and advance education research.

They encourage applicants to think expansively about how convening’s can expand the substantive work and impact of educational research on advancing racial equity.

They invite proposals that aim to grow the current scope of research on racial equity, develop new knowledge through interdisciplinary scholarly engagement, or as a way to collaborate to increase the impact of educational research. Importantly, they welcome proposals that advance conceptualizations of strength- and resiliency-based perspectives.

Successful proposals will bring together researchers to approach the proposed topic from multiple perspectives. They also encourage applicants proposing conferences to consider ways of bridging the substantive, theoretical, and methodological expertise of participants. While not a requirement, successful proposals in previous rounds have also included other attendees outside of the academy such as teachers, policymakers, families, artists, or journalists if the convening called for such expertise.

Funding Information

        This grant program supports proposals with budgets of $50,000 or less.

Conference Structure

They recommend conference proposals are explicit in explaining the framework or structure of their proposed convening. The proposed conference should address one approach or may include aspects from multiple structures, with the overarching goal of influencing the public discourse, practice, or policy of education.

        Engage in mutualistic and interdisciplinary knowledge development in order to push the boundaries of a given topic.

        Synthesize existing knowledge within a topical area so as to collectively reflect on what the field already understands and about where it may go next.

        Collaborate with non-researchers in a format that centers the engagement of practitioners, journalists, communities, and/or policymakers (among others) as a way to create avenues for communication and take up of education research.

Conference Grant Proposal Elements

Within the online application, there are detailed guidelines for each section. There is an overview of the elements you’ll be expected to complete.

1.       Project Personnel – As the person creating the draft application, you will automatically be assigned to the proposal as the Principal Investigator. If there are Co-PIs on the proposal, they can be added to the application in this section.  They must first follow Steps 1 and 2 mentioned in the guideline before being added to the application.

2.       Proposal Summary – Information about the project is requested, such as the project title, start and end dates, the central research question(s), and a 200 word project summary.

3.       Budget and Budget Justification – The budget form is divided into the following categories and each category has a pulldown menu of the line item choices listed in parentheses:

        Salaries (PI, Co-PI, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Graduate Student, Researcher, Undergraduate Researcher, Other Research Staff, Other Staff);

        Benefits (PI Benefits, Co-PI Benefits, Researcher Benefits, Other Staff, Benefits, Tuition/Fees);

Other Collaborator (Speaker/Participant Honoraria, Independent Consultant, Advisor);

        Travel (Conference);

        Equipment and Software (Equipment, Software);

        Project Expenses (Conference Space Rental, Conference Meals, Supplies, Communication, Transcription);

        Other (This should only be used for expenses not covered in the choices);

        Subcontracts (Information is pulled from the subcontract budget forms.

        Subcontracts: If your project will have subcontracts, a separate subcontract budget form will need to be completed for each. The subcontract form has the same categories and line item choices.

        Accommodations for people with disabilities: Please include a plan for how you will accommodate people with disabilities who attend your conference in the planning phase of your project. When budgeting for your convening you may include costs associated with accommodating people with disabilities. For example, you might need to allot funds for a sign language interpreter, assistive listening devices, video captioning, or printed media in an alternate format. The Spencer Foundation will consider such accommodations an allowable conference expense.

Eligibility Criteria

        Proposals to the Conference Grant program must be for small research conferences, focused symposia, or convening’s that will explore critical issues in advancing racial equity in education research as specified in the Program Statement.

        Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a Conference grant must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. While graduate students may be part of the proposal, they may not be named the PI or Co-PI.

        The PI must be affiliated with a non-profit organization that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. The Spencer Foundation does not award grants directly to individuals. Examples include non-profit colleges, universities, school districts, and research facilities, as well as other non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS.

        Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally, however all proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be proposed in U.S. Dollars.

Deadline: 23-Oct-20 For more information, visit https://www.spencer.org/grant_types/conference-grants