Studying ways to improve the use of research evidence will require new and innovative ideas, and the Foundation welcomes creative studies that have potential to advance the field. Proposals for studies are evaluated on the basis of their fit with our interests; the strength and feasibility of their designs, methods, and analyses; their potential to inform improvements to research use; and their contribution to theory and empirical evidence.
The Foundation seeks studies that identify, build, and test strategies to enhance the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. The Foundation is particularly interested in research on improving the use of research evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries. Some investigators will focus on the strategies, relationships, and other supports needed for policy and practice organizations to use research more routinely and constructively. Others may investigate structures and incentives within the research community to encourage deep engagement with decision makers. Still other researchers may examine activities that help findings inform policy ideas, shape practice responses, and improve systems.
2021 LOI Deadlines:
- January 13, 2021, 3PM EST
- May 5, 2021, 3PM EST*
- August 4, 2021, 3PM EST
* Letters of inquiry for Officers’ research grants are not accepted in May.
Dollar Amount: Major research grants on improving the use of research evidence range between $100,000 and $1,000,000 and cover two to four years of support. Officers’ research grants on improving the use of research evidence are a separate funding mechanism for smaller projects with budgets ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.