Open call – Spencer Foundation – Small Research Grants

Jul 6, 2021 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: Funding Opportunity

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

 UCSC Contact:
Funder: Spencer Foundation
Opportunity: Small Research Grants program (Fall Cycle)
Funding Level: up to $50,000
Deadline: September 1, 2021 (applications open July 1)


The Small Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education (how people learn via a specific intervention/mechanism). The goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education.

Please review the opportunity’s website for more details and instructions on how to apply. Please refer to the full guidelines for more details about the opportunity, eligibility, and use of funds.

Key Award Terms

  • Grant budgets may not include indirect cost charges per Spencer’s policy.
  • Project length can be from one to 5 years.
  • Budgets may not include indirect cost charges per Spencer’s policy


  • Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a Small Research Grant on Education must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. While graduate students may be part of the research team, they may not be named the PI or Co-PI on the proposal.
  • PIs and Co-PIs may not submit more than one research proposal to the Spencer Foundation at a time.

 Special Instructions

Please submit a proposal intake form prior to UCSC’s internal Institutional Deadlines. For support developing your proposal, please contact the Research Development Specialist assigned to your unit or send a request to Within the Division of Social Sciences, please contact Ashlee Tews ( to initiate notification and proposal support.

Call sent: July 1, 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