Funding Opportunities

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth has an annual Request for Proposals, announced each fall. Please check this space in early November 2020 for the next Request for Proposals. If you would like to receive notifications about funding opportunities, please click here.

Three funding opportunities are available: Academic Grants; Doctoral Grants; and our Dissertation Scholars Program. Our review process includes reviews by both internal and external subject matter experts. For details about the 2020 Request for Proposals, click here. If you have questions about the grant program, please contact us at grants@equitablegrowth.org.

MEET OUR GRANTEES

Our grantees hail from a range of academic institutions, backgrounds, and disciplines, including sociology, law, public policy, economics, history, and political science. Their research interests are equally broad, though focused upon the ways in which our economy and economic growth is impacted by inequality.

MEET OUR GRANTEES

Academic Grants

Academic grants are open to researchers affiliated with a U.S. university. The affiliated university must administer the grant. Academic grants are typically in the $25,000 to $100,000 range over 1 to 3 years. We will also consider proposals for larger grants for exceptional projects. We frequently partner with other foundations to support projects jointly or to share proposals that are not a fit for our grant program, but which may be of interest to other funders.


Doctoral/Post-Doctoral Grants

Doctoral/Post-Doctoral grants are open to graduate students currently enrolled in a doctoral program at a U.S. university and to recent Ph.D. graduates currently in a postdoctoral position at a U.S. university. If you are currently a graduate student or in a postdoctoral position, you may choose to apply for either an academic or doctoral/postdoctoral grant, depending on the pool in which you’d like to compete. Doctoral/postdoctoral grants are funded at $15,000 over 1 year.


Dissertation Scholars Program

Equitable Growth is building a pipeline of scholars doing cutting-edge research on inequality and growth. Our Dissertation Scholars Program is in-resident and provides Ph.D. candidates with financial and professional support to pursue their own research and to gain familiarity with current policy discussions and the policy process. Dissertation scholars are given an annualized $50,000 stipend, office space, and professional support, and are expected to support Equitable Growth’s grant program. Scheduling is flexible to permit for travel to home institutions, as well as academic conferences. Tenure is at least one academic year, with the possibility of extension into a second year.


ELIGIBILITY QUESTIONS

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

Solicitations are open to researchers affiliated with U.S. universities. Equitable Growth has two funding streams: Academic and Doctoral/Postdoctoral.

Academic grants are open to researchers affiliated with a U.S. university. The affiliated university must be willing to administer the grant.

Doctoral/Postdoctoral grants are open to graduate students currently enrolled in a doctoral program at a U.S. university, and to recent Ph.D. graduates currently in a postdoctoral position at a U.S. university.

The Dissertation Scholars Program is open to predissertation scholars who are currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a U.S. university.

I’m not sure if my research is a good fit. How can I get feedback?

Equitable Growth’s 2021 Request for Proposals will be published in fall 2020. Please review our 2020 RFP for a general sense of our funding priorities.

If you still have questions or would like feedback about whether your research project may be of interest, please email grants@equitablegrowth.org with a brief description of your research and the question(s) you have.

I am a current PhD student, but will have likely graduated by the time grant funds are disbursed. Am I still eligible for the Doctoral grant?

As a current PhD student, you are eligible to apply for either a Doctoral/Postdoctoral or an Academic grant. If you apply for and are awarded a Doctoral grant, it’s no problem if at the time the grant is disbursed you are in a postdoc or faculty position. That has been the case for a number of Doctoral grant recipients. There may be some questions about how to administer the grant but those are easily handled, and we can cross that bridge if and when we come to it.

Is it acceptable for the same researcher to be listed as a co-PI on multiple proposals? Would this affect either team’s eligibility?

We have had applications where co-PIs are on more than one of the research teams submitting a proposal. Each proposal is considered on its own merits, so involvement as a co-PI would not affect either team’s eligibility.

Universities in Puerto Rico are accredited by the Middle States Association. Does your Center fund researchers located in Puerto Rico?

Universities in Puerto Rico are generally eligible for funding.

FUNDING AND BUDGET-RELATED QUESTIONS

What are the funding amounts?

Academic grants are typically in the $25,000 to $100,000 range over 1 to 3 years. Doctoral/Postdoctoral grants are funded at $15,000 over 1 year. We will also consider proposals for larger grants for exceptional projects. We frequently partner with other foundations to support projects jointly or to share proposals that are not a fit for our grant program but which may be of interest to other funders.

Are there budget restrictions?

Equitable Growth is willing to fund a wide range of activities, including researcher salary and benefits, research assistance, data purchase, and costs associated with conducting experiments or participating in professional conferences. Our grants cannot cover indirect overhead.

The range of funding is said to be between $25,000 and $100, 000 Would it be possible to know what is the average amount awarded in recent years?

There isn't an average amount awarded. We base our funding decisions upon the merits of the proposal, and the other proposals that are submitted in any grant year.

PROCESS-RELATED QUESTIONS

How do I submit a proposal for consideration?

Equitable Growth has one grant cycle per year. While we are not accepting applications currently, our annual Request for Proposals will be published in the fall, with deadlines in late January 2021 or March 2021, depending upon the opportunity.

We do not accept grant proposals outside of our annual Request for Proposals.

Is it possible to submit two proposals, for different research projects?

Yes, people do sometimes submit more than one proposal. We would generally only choose to fund one, but there is nothing that would mar your eligibility if you submitted two.

Should my CV contain a list of references? In particular, should I give my advisors a heads-up about inquiries from equitable growth when I submit my application?

You do not need to include a list of references with your CV, nor do you need to notify your advisors. Decisions are made on the basis of the strength of your proposal.

What is the difference on the grant type between the doctoral/postdoctoral grants and Dissertation Scholar Program?

A primary difference between the Doctoral/Postdoctoral grant and the Dissertation Scholar Program is that the latter is an in-residence opportunity, where selected candidates would be able to continue their research while in Washington, D.C. For that program, we look for people whose work would be supported by being in DC, rather than continuing their research at their home institution. In addition, the Doctoral/Postdoctoral grant is open to both those in a Doctoral program, and those who are conducting research post completion of their degree, but before attaining a teaching position.

You should have your research question ready before you apply for a grant, but accepted applicants are at varying points in their research. You may find it helpful to review information about our grantees on our website. This can be found here.

DISSERTATION SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Does the Dissertation Scholar opportunity consist mostly of work on a dissertation project?

The primary two goals for this position are to focus on your research, and to support our team when we are reviewing grant applications. If the Dissertation Scholar is interested and able during their time in Washington DC, we also hope to support the Dissertation Scholar’s networking in the city.

What other responsibilities do Dissertation Scholars generally have?

Dissertation Scholars are expected to support our grant review process, by reading submitted grant applications, providing reviews, and attending meetings where applications are discussed. They are an integral part of our decision-making process, and provide valuable expertise in their area of focus.

Is it possible to see past requests for proposals for the Dissertation Scholars Program?

This is a very new program, so past requests for applications are different enough from our current vision for this position to not be helpful.

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