Lyle Spencer Research Awards 2018 - 2019, USA


October 02, 2018

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The Lyle Spencer Research Awards program supports intellectually ambitious research oriented to improving the practice of education, independent of any particular reform agendas or methodological strictures. 

This program encourages proposals initiated by scholars across a variety of disciplines and fields in an effort to create much-needed space for creative and ambitious research projects that promise to advance our understanding of educational practice and its improvement. This program was introduced in  2014 as the successor to the Foundation's longstanding Major Research Grants program. 


The review process for the Lyle Spencer Research Awards begins with a Letter of Intent (LOI) application, which are accepted once a year. The next deadline for LOIs is 4:00pm CDT, October 2, 2018. Applicants can expect a decision on their LOI by the end of December 2018.

Note: In 2019, the timing of the application and review process will be shifted to begin in the spring. Letters of intent will be due in May 2019 rather than in October.

Additional information about this program is available in the right-hand sidebar menu. We will also be hosting an informational webinar on Wednesday, September 5th at 11:00am CDT. 


  • Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a Lyle Spencer Research Award must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession.
  • The PI must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, non-profit research facility, or non-profit cultural institution that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. The Spencer Foundation does not award grants directly to individuals.
  • Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally, however all proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be proposed in U.S. Dollars.


  • Lyle Spencer Research Award budgets are limited to $1,000,000, including indirect costs.
  • Budgets may include indirect costs equaling 15% of the direct costs of the proposed project.
  • PIs and Co-PIs may only hold one active research grant from the Spencer Foundation at a time. Simultaneous submissions to the Foundation from PIs and Co-PIs are discouraged due to this policy. (This restriction does not apply to the administering organization; organizations may submit as many proposals as they like as long as they are for different projects and have different research teams.)

Review Process

The initial step in the Lyle Spencer Research Awards program is to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), due by 4:00pm CDT, October 2, 2018. Instructions for submitting the LOI can be found in the right-hand sidebar. The review of the LOI will take approximately 3 months and the PI will be notified via email of their proposal's status by the end of December 2018.

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.

Eligible Countries
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Publish Date
June 18, 2018
Link To Original