Funding Opportunities

Use of Research Evidence

The William T. Grant Foundation has a longstanding interest in supporting research that can inform policy and practice. We recognize that divides still exist between the research, policy, and practice communities. Thus, we support studies that increase understanding of how research is used and way to strengthen its use.


Applicants should review the2014 Research Grants Application Guide, Supplementary Guidelines for Use of Research Evidence Applicants, and Frequently Asked Questions for Research Applicants.

In March 2014, we hosted a series of webinars to discuss our research interests and applications for guidance. Archived footage from one of those sessions is available here.


The next deadline for submission of letters of inquiry is May 6, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. EST. This application cycle will open on March 1, 2014.The following deadline is August 5, 2014.

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:
  • Be employed at a nonprofit institution, either in the United States or abroad. In most instances, these organizations will have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, set up to receive and process grant awards. However, in rare cases, colleges or universities (such as Arizona State University) will not have 501(c)(3) tax exemption. If your institution fits into this category, we can instead accept an IRS determination letter which states that it is classified as a school under sections 509a1 and 170b1Aii of the IRS Code;
  • Submit a project that is consistent with the Foundation's Current Research Interests;
  • Address issues that have compelling relevance for theory, policy, and/or practice affecting youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States; and
  • Reflect high standards of evidence and rigorous methods, commensurate with the project's goals.

Interested in Applying?

The Foundation uses an online applications system for all our funding programs. Application information and required forms are available in the How to Apply section, which can be accessed by clicking below. Please note, all applicants should read our Current Research Interests and Research Grants Application Guide before beginning any application. 

Grants by Area

The documents below provide a curated and detailed presentation of our current and recently completed grants.

Resources for Applicants

The Resources section of this site features information relevant to our work on the use of research evidence.

Scholars Program

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports early-career researchers by funding five-year research plans that demonstrate creativity, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to continued professional development.