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On April 1, 2015, Stanford Graduate School of Education announced its requests for proposals for the second year of the Incentive Fund for Projects in San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). The GSE will provide funding for faculty-initiated research projects in SFUSD that align with the priorities of the district. Because the district identifies the problems of practice being researched, the research has a high likelihood of having an effect on policies and practice. The collaboration and funding thus give us an opportunity to make a measureable difference in the quality of education experienced by a very diverse population of students. The incentive fund allows faculty to by-pass lengthy funding processes and to provide a much more timely response to district research needs. 

A joint selection committee comprised of two SFUSD representatives (SFUSD’s Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Innovation and Social Justice and Assistant Superintendent of Research, Planning, and Accountability) and two Stanford faculty representatives will make sure the Stanford projects awarded incentive funds meet three criteria:

1.     The project is aligned with SFUSD research agenda (see Appendix A for more detail).

2.     The project meets Stanford GSE’s standard for generalizability – likely to produce findings that will be relevant and useful to other school districts.

3.     The project has a clear SFUSD leader who helped to shape the research question(s), is willing to help operationalize the project and has a strong desire to

         make use of the findings.

The proposals are due May 15, 2015 at midnight. Completed proposals to the Incentive Fund should be sent to Laura Wentworth at Incentive fund awards will be announced by July 1, 2015 and incentive fund awards will be distributed by July 31, 2015.

If you have any questions, please send them to Laura Wentworth at or call Laura at 415-279-8446.

Please see this document for the forms and directions necessary to apply. Only Stanford Graduate School of Education Professors in partnership with SFUSD administrators can apply to this funding opportunity.