The Foundation is currently accepting proposals focused on evaluating programs that have the potential of helping to close the opportunity and resulting achievement gaps associated with race and family income.
- Primary aim:
- What works: The primary aim must concern evaluating the effectiveness of programs designed to promote positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children (birth through 18 years) from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities (specifically minoritized ethnic groups, low-income families) in order to inform ways to close the educational opportunity gaps associated with race and income.
- Secondary aims may also focus on one or more of the following:
- What works for whom, under what conditions: Investigate variations in program effects; that is, test for moderation effects that inform whether effects are stronger for certain groups and/or under certain conditions than other groups or conditions.
- Reasons for effects: Investigate mechanisms through which effects occur; that is, test for mediation effects that inform why the program is effective.
- Cost-benefit analyses: Compare the total costs of the program (start-up and ongoing operational costs) with its estimated monetary benefits to determine the net cost or benefit associated with the program.
Deadline: April 1, August 1, December 1
Dollar Amount: Varies
Eligibility: Applicants at all career stages may apply; teams are evaluated in terms of their abilities to successfully carry out the proposed work. Programs that include communities of color in their target population (who will thus be represented in the study sample) must have at least one researcher of color on the leadership team (at the PI / co-PI level) of the program evaluation (the leadership team can also include researchers who identify as white; co-PI leadership structures are permitted).