|The School of Education and Social Policy receives support from funding agencies to achieve common goals and reach broad audiences and communities.
Local and national sources of funding support our research in many areas, including learning and development, mathematics and science software, teacher professional development, school leadership, minority achievement and literacy.
The Aon Corporation
is an international insurance brokerage and consulting company that supports SESP's innovative research in the learning sciences. Aon has created a named professorship in the learning sciences.
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
with a history dating back to 1952 are dedicated to "strengthening America's future through education." The foundations have the purpose of providing financial assistance to certain educational, cultural, scientific and religious institutions.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York
was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote "the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding." Under Carnegie's will, grants must benefit the people of the United States, although up to 7.4 percent of the funds may be used for the same purpose in countries that are or have been members of the British Commonwealth, with a current emphasis on Commonwealth Africa. As a grantmaking foundation, the Corporation seeks to carry out Carnegie's vision of philanthropy, which he said should aim "to do real and permanent good in this world."
The Foley Foundation of Milwaukee
supports the Foley Center for the Study of Lives.
The Foundation for Child Development
is a national private philanthropy dedicated to the principle that all families should have the social and material resources to raise their children to be healthy, educated, and productive members of their communities. The foundation seeks to understand children, particularly the disadvantaged, and to promote their well-being.
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
is a unit within the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education. Each year its main activity is conducting the Comprehensive Program, a grant program intended to support innovative educational reform projects that can serve as national models for the improvement of postsecondary education.
The General Electric Foundation
which was founded in 1953 as the philanthropic organization of the General Electric Company, invests in programs based on the premise that a quality education ushers in a lifetime of opportunity, which helps build a strong and diverse workforce and citizenry.
The Harris myCFO Foundation
was organized in 1953 to make grants to educational, cultural and community-based organizations. In 2001 the foundation board made a strategic decision to focus their philanthropic efforts in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. The Harris Bank Foundation focuses their grant making on education, community development and employment opportunities in North Lawndale.
The Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation
is focused on creating elder-friendly neighborhoods and actively engaging older people in their communities. The Benedict Foundation is committed to creating good places for people to grow old while maintaining the maximum possible levels of independence.
Illinois Board of Higher Education
administers state and federal grant programs and receives funds for other initiatives, particularly those related to the goals of The Illinois Commitment, which seeks to respond to the educational needs and economic realities of the new century. Among its priorities are producing graduates better prepared for the workplace and working with elementary and secondary schools to improve the quality of teachers.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
is a private, independent foundation, established by Jack Kent Cooke to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. Through its Young Scholars Program, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation selects high-achieving youth with financial need and provides them throughout high school with individualized educational services that will enable them to develop their talents and abilities.
The John Templeton Foundation
was established in 1987 to encourage a fresh appreciation of the critical importance of the moral and spiritual dimensions of life, and seeks to act as a critical catalyst for progress. It is the Foundation's purpose to stimulate a high standard of excellence in scholarly understanding, and it currently funds more than 150 projects, studies, award programs and publications worldwide to further that end.
The Malone Family Foundation
was founded in 1997 by Dr. John C. Malone, well known communications and media executive and investor, and his family, with one principal objective: to improve access to quality education — particularly at the secondary school level — for gifted students who lack the financial resources to best develop their talents.
National Academy of Education (NAE)
was founded to "promote scholarly inquiry and discussion concerning the ends and means of education, in all its forms, in the United States and abroad." Since 1986 NAE has administered a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, funded by The Spencer Foundation, which is designed to insure the future of research in education by supporting young scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship.
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
is one of 25 institutes of the NIH. NIA leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
is one of the world's foremost medical research centers and the federal focal point for medical research in the U.S. The institute seeks to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. The NIH is currently supporting SESP research in bioscience and bilingual education.
National Science Foundation (NSF)
is an independent US government agency responsible for promoting science and engineering that currently supports the research of many SESP faculty in areas such as math and science education.
The Northern Trust Company
since its founding in 1880 has advanced a culture of caring and a commitment to invest in the communities it services. This philosophy continues through community lending efforts, contributions to service and community agencies, matching gift and volunteer grants programs, and the active volunteer work of Northern employees.
The Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation
is a charitable grant-making organization that supports work in journalism, communities, citizenship and education.
The Rockefeller Foundation
is committed to "fostering knowledge and innovation to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people throughout the world."
The Russell Sage Foundation
is devoted to research in the social sciences. Along with being a research center, it also funds studies by scholars at other academic and research institutions.
The Searle Fund
was created by a gift from University Trustee Daniel C. Searle. The Searle Fund awards grants in support of faculty research, education and publication on public policy issues.
The Spencer Foundation
is a private foundation that grants funds to support research contributing to the understanding of education and improvement of its practice. An example of SESP projects currently funded by The Spencer Foundation is the Distributed Leadership Study.
The Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation
in St. Louis supports higher education, medical education and research, and health services and facilities. In addition, it supports community needs in the St. Louis area through civic and cultural programs.
The Texas Instruments Foundation
believes that education and the cultural arts are critical building blocks to the quality of life in our communities, and has been a leader in early childhood development programs as well as grants in higher education — particularly in engineering.
The William T. Grant Foundation
aims to help create a society that values young people and enables them to reach their full potential. It pursues this goal by investing in research and in people and projects that use evidence-based approaches, and it supports research on how contexts such as families, programs and policies affect youth; how these contexts can be improved; and how scientific evidence affects influencial adults.