Although you can do Action Research in your classroom with little to no expense, most educational research requires resources. There are hundreds of small foundations and dozens of government and corporate institutions that will fund education research. The trick is to find the institution or foundation that will fund the research that you want to do. In this activity, you will learn about some of the sources of funding for educational research, and write a letter of interest to a foundation exploring their interest in funding your research.
- Candidates explore sources of funding for education research and write a letter of interest to a Program Officer at one foundation.
What will you do?
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- Explore the resource: 100 Places to Find Funding for your Research in the Resources.
- Locate a grant program that is appropriate for the research you are doing for your Capstone Project (you can search other resources beyond 100 Places to Find Funding for your Research).
- Write a letter of interest to a Program Officer at the funding agency that sponsors the grant program briefly describing your research, the level of funding that you will need for your research, and the types of expenses you will incur. (Many grant programs will give you a format for such a letter of interest)
- Submit the letter along with the URL of the grant program.
- Letter of Interest to a Program Officer at a funding agency
- URL of the grant program
The grant program will likely have rules about what they will fund — pay attention to those. Expenses could include things such as travel, incentives for research participants, supplies, access to data (e.g. large database), payment for data processing or analysis, etc.