The William T. Grant Foundation is now accepting proposals for research on understanding programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes. In tandem, the Foundation is now interested in youth ages 5 to 25, an expansion from the previous range of 8 to 25. This expansion applies to all funding programs.
Spearheaded by President Adam Gamoran, this new research interest represents an extension of the Foundation’s longstanding mission: supporting research to improve the lives of young people. In recent years, inequality in the United States has become increasingly pervasive. At the same time, prospects for social mobility have decreased. The Foundation’s perspective is that the research community can play a critical role in reversing this trend.
According to Gamoran, a noted sociologist who has done extensive research in this field, the increasing diversity of the U.S. population makes ensuring the success of young people from all backgrounds not only a moral aim, but a matter of economic security. “Inequality is the fundamental challenge of our time,” says President Gamoran. “The Foundation intends to support research that will point the way toward reducing its pernicious effects.”
The Foundation is accepting applications for research that focuses on ways to reduce disparities in youth’s academic, behavioral, social, and economic outcomes. They are particularly interested in inequality on the basis of economic, racial/ethnic, and language backgrounds, but research that explores other domains of inequality will also be considered based on a compelling case for its impact.
Free webinars (advance registration required) to provide more information will take place on Wednesday, March 5, 1-2 p.m. EST and Friday, March 14, 3-4 p.m. EST. Details, including a Grants Application Guide, are posted at: www.wtgrantfdn.org