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Grants to USA Researchers for Studies Addressing Inequality and Economic Growth

Academic Grant

GrantWatch ID# 206679
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Washington Center for Equitable Growth
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Geographic Focus
USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA);

Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/08/22
Deadline: 01/23/23 11:59 PM EST

Grant Description
Grants to USA and Puerto Rico researchers affiliated with universities for studies addressing the impact of inequality on economic growth and stability. Funding is intended for research using a range of scholarly approaches and academic disciplines. Preference is given to projects creating new data that can be made publicly available, studies that center race, and studies that engage with relevant literature across disciplines.

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth seeks to deepen their understanding of how inequality affects economic growth and stability. To do so, they support research investigating the various channels through which economic inequality, in all its forms, impacts economic growth and stability. Equitable Growth promotes efforts to increase diversity in the economics profession and across the social sciences. The Foundation recognizes the importance of diverse perspectives in broadening and deepening research on inequality and growth. Equitable Growth supports research inquiry using many different types of evidence, relying on a variety of methodological approaches and cutting across academic disciplines. This request for proposals is organized around four channels of growth: Macroeconomics, Human Capital & Well-being, Market Structure, and The Labor Market.

For additional information regarding these channels, see:

For information regarding allowable costs, see URL for Full Text (RFP) link, below. 


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Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Academic grants are open to researchers affiliated with a U.S. university. The affiliated university must be willing to administer the grant. Researchers who are the Principal Investigator for an open Equitable Growth grant with an end date beyond July 1, 2023 are not eligible to apply. Co-Principal Investigators/Collaborators with open grants are eligible to apply.

Scholars at non-U.S. colleges and universities can be part of a research team and can receive support via funded research. However, the Principal Investigator must be affiliated with a U.S. college or university, and the grant must be administered by the U.S. institution.

Universities in Puerto Rico are generally eligible for funding.

Equitable Growth does not award grants to think tanks or other research organizations.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Equitable Growth is hosting informational webinars, which are opportunities to learn more about funding priorities, how to apply, and tips for a successful application.

The webinar for scholars interested in applying for an academic grant is on Thursday, December 8 from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST. Register here:

Equitable Growth staff is also available to meet with interested applicants. Please complete this form if you would like to schedule a time with staff regarding any questions you may have about submitting an application:

You will receive an email to schedule a 15–30 minute Zoom call with Equitable Growth staff best positioned to answer your question(s).

Pre-Application Information
The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. EST on January 23, 2023.

Select projects will be invited to submit a full proposal. Full proposals are by invitation only and are due in May. Funding decisions are announced in July, and funding is typically dispersed at the start of the academic year.

Applicants may submit more than one Letter of Inquiry. Equitable Growth is unlikely to invite more than one full proposal from the same scholar/team, but each proposed research project will be considered on its own merits.

Estimated Size of Grant
Academic grants are typically in the $25,000 to $100,000 range.

Term of Contract
Projects are limited to no more than 36 months. Most Equitable Growth grants are projects between 12 months and 24 months. Grantees are encouraged to notify Equitable Growth staff at least 30 days prior to the grant end-date if there is a need to request a no-cost extension.

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding your potential grant application to Equitable Growth, please reach out to or call (202) 545-3343.

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