Open Call – Spencer Foundation – Racial Equity Special Research Grants

May 19, 2021 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: Open Call - Spencer Foundation - Racial Equity Special Research Grants

The Office of Corporate and Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the Spencer Foundation. Follow the links below for more information.

UCSC Contact:
Funder: Spencer Foundation
OpportunityRacial Equity Special Research Grants
Funding Level: $75,000 (up to 5 years). No indirect cost allowed.
“Intent to Apply” Online Form Deadline: June 2, 2021
Full Proposal Deadline:      June 30, 2021



The Racial Equity Special Research Grants is interested in funding studies that aim to understand and disrupt the reproduction and deepening of educational inequality in education, and which seek to remake and imagine a new form of equitable education. The program supports “field-initiated” research focused on compelling ideas that will contribute to understanding and ameliorating racial inequality in education. For instance, scholars might focus on: Instructional challenges and innovations; racial and geographic disparities and promising directions for engaging and supporting children, families, and communities; informal learning environments and informal educators; assessment challenges and opportunities; social-emotional learning and well-being; educator and leader development, identity, and well-being; digital learning environments; systems change and policy making; intersections between housing, health, and education.



  • Proposals must be for academic research projects that will contribute to understanding and ameliorating racial inequality in education, broadly conceived.
  • Proposals for activities other than research are not eligible (e.g., program evaluations, professional development, curriculum development, scholarships, capital projects).
  • Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field.

Special Requirements

Please promptly submit your proposal intake form , or within the Social Sciences Division notify Ashlee Tews,, prior to UCSC’s Internal Institutional Deadlines. For proposal support, or for any questions about institutional requirements, please send requests and questions to the research development team at A proposal development specialist will field your requests.

Call sent: May 12, 2021

The Office of Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The FR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching grant initiatives with educational and research programs and centers. FR supports faculty and staff to identify and approach these and other private foundations and corporations for funding, to assist in strategic positioning of the grant application, and to facilitate funder campus visits.

For a list of recent funding opportunities, please visit the FR website.  FR Calls for Funding

If you have any questions or comments, please contact cfr