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William T. Grant Foundation

Limited Submission Program: This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators (PIs) who meet the eligibility requirements.  The University and the System Agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.

PI Eligibility: The William T. Grant Scholars Program is for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences.  Applicants must have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application. In many scholarly disciplines this translates to a maximum of seven years following the award of the doctoral degree and includes time spent as a post-doctoral fellow.

The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).

Proposal Limit: One (1) per college (major divisions, such as a college of arts and sciences or medical school of an institution may nominate only one applicant each year)

Summary: The William T. Grant Scholars Program is for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. The goal of the program is to support the development of scholars as they expand their skills and conduct high-quality research with mentoring from senior colleagues.

Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution and must submit five-year research plans that demonstrate creativity, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to continued professional development. Every year, four to six William T. Grant Scholars are selected and each receives $350,000 distributed over a five-year period.

Proposed research plans must fit the Foundation’s research interests.  Specifically, we fund studies that enhance understanding of:

  • How youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved; and
  • When, how, and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practice that affect youth, and how its use can be improved.

Our goal is to fund high-quality research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. We define settings as the social environments in which youth experience daily life. These settings include environments with clear boundaries such as classrooms, schools, and youth-serving organizations and environments with less prescribed boundaries such as neighborhoods or other settings in which youth interact with peers, family members, and other adults. At their best, these settings embed youth within a network of engaging activities; ample resources; meaningful relationships with adults and peers; and opportunities for academic, social, emotional, and identity development.


April 30, 2013, 5:00 pm: Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to

May 7, 2013, 5:00 pm: Deadline to submit an internal proposal.  All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a 1-3 page research plan summary, bio-sketch, and budget (if required).

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M PIs may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, from the e-proposal site, click on “Signup,” fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.862.2233.

May 28, 2013: Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

July 8, 2013: Sponsor deadline for the full application.

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.