An interesting new RFP from the William T. Grant Foundation seeks applications to examine “what affects policymakers’ and practitioners’ acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence … we believe studies of this topic will increase our understanding of how to improve the production and subsequent use of research for and in policy and practice.”
The key points:
For the next several years, we anticipate supporting a group of research projects, with award amounts ranging from $100,000 to $600,000, covering direct and indirect costs for 2-3 years of work. Our total estimated budget for these projects is $1.5 million per year.
The Foundation will consider applications for newly initiated studies and add-on studies to existing projects. Add-on studies must address research questions not covered by prior funding from us or other funders, but can cover secondary analyses of existing data or collection and analyses of new data. We encourage interdisciplinary projects, and welcome applications from researchers in various fields and disciplines such as anthropology, communication studies, economics, education, family studies, human development, organizational studies, political science, prevention research, psychology, public administration, public policy, public health, social work, and sociology.
Applicants should submit letters of inquiry by May 12, 2009. Selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals, which will be due by October 6, 2009. Funding decisions will be made at the Board of Trustees meeting in June 2010, and awards will be made available shortly thereafter.
The RFP lays out in detail the background behind the call, the requirements for proposals, some illustrative examples, and the procedure for submitting letters of inquiry (5-page narrative).