Spencer Foundation Invites Proposals for Research on K-8 Classroom Instruction

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April 14, 2013 The Spencer Foundation is accepting applications for research projects that explore how student performance data informs classroom instruction.

Through its Evidence in the Classroom initiative, the foundation will award grants ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 for research projects that investigate how K-8 teachers use student performance data for instructional decisions and how organizational and individual factors affect that use. Past projects have covered a range of topics, from data use patterns through an online data management system to the effectiveness of capacity-building interventions.

To be eligible, principal investigators must have earned a doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. PIs also must be affiliated with a college, university, research facility, school district, or cultural institution that is willing to serve as fiscal agent if a grant is awarded.

Preliminary proposals must be received by June 11, 2013. Upon review, selected principal investigators will be invited to submit full proposals, which will be due on September 4, 2013. Decisions on full proposals will occur within four months of their submission. The foundation will hold informational conference calls on April 22 and May 9 at 11:00 am, Central Time. Participation in a call is not required in order to submit a proposal. Visit the Spencer Foundation's website for eligibility, application guidelines and link to RFP.