Center for Urban Education

Funding Opportunities for urban education research

The Center for Urban Education maintains a list of competitive funding opportunities that support research and practice related to urban education. CSU faculty as well as partners external to CSU are invited to consult this list to learn about potential sources of support for their work related to urban education. Center staff are happy to discuss these opportunities and to potentially assist with the submission of a proposal. The list of funding opportunities below includes the name of the funding agency; the name of the specific grant competition; the areas of urban education that are prioritized by the competition; the award amounts; and a link to a website for more information.

This list is not exhaustive of all funding opportunities that support research and practice related to urban education. If you know of an opportunity not included below, please send an email to, and it will be added to the list.

Funding opportunities for urban education research (in alphabetical order by funding agency):

Funding Agency Competition Name Relevant priority areas Awards/Amounts Website
American Associaton for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Science education, research, and innovation Stipend of $55,000 to $100,000 per year AAAS
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Research Grants New quantitative measures or methodological approaches for addressing education issues; interdisciplinary teams with subject matter expertise (especially when studying STEM learning); analyses of TIMSS, PISA, or other international data resources; integration and analysis of more than one data set Up to $20,000 for one year and up to $35,000 for two years AERA
Brady Education Foundation Evaluations of existing model programs or innovative research, including efficacy and effectiveness studies Closing the achievement gap for children at risk for poor school outcomes due to environmental factors associated with living in poverty Open Brady Education Foundation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence-Related Injury Prevention of teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, youth violence, or suicidal behavior Up to $350,000 per year for a maximum of three years CDC
Ford Foundation Open Higher education for social justice; more and better learning time; transforming secondary education Open Ford Foundation
Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Education Research Grant Program; five goals:
(1) exploration;
(2) development and innovation;
(3) efficacy and replication;
(4) effectiveness;
(5) measurement
Cognition and student learning; early learning programs and policies; education technology; effective teachers and effective teaching; English learners; improving education systems: policies, organization, management, and leadership; mathematics and science education; postsecondary and adult education; reading and writing; social and behavioral context for academic learning Up to $5,000,000 over five years IES
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Comprehensive School Safety Initiative Increasing scientific knowledge about the root causes, characteristics, and consequences of school violence and other threats to school and student safety; developing, supporting, and rigorously evaluating a wide range of school and student safety programs, practices, and strategies; developing a comprehensive school safety framework based on the best available information and evidence and testing it in selected school districts. Up to $5,000,000 over five years NIJ
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Multiple Healthy school environments; building child-centered communities Varies RWJF
Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants Education and social opportunity; organizational learning; purposes and values of education; teaching, learning, and instructional resources; field-initiated proposals Up to $50,000 Spencer Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Open, emphasis on evaluation of community-based interventions Child (prenatal-8) development:
(a) education;
(b) health;
(c) secure families;
(d) community and civic engagement;
(e) racial equity
William T. Grant Foundation Research Grants Programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes; the use of research evidence in policy and practice $100,000 to $600,000 for two to three years William T. Grant Foundation