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to Early Childhood Education and Care

Young Scholars Program (YSP)

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Foundation for Child Development

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Deadline Date:

10/13/22 8:00 PM EDT/7:00 PM CDT/6:00 PM MDT/5:00 PM PDT


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Grants to USA and territories early career researchers affiliated with eligible institutions for projects related to early childhood education and care. Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support implementation research that is policy- and practice-relevant and that examines the preparation, competency, compensation, well-being, and ongoing professional learning of the early care and education (ECE) workforce. Applicants must be affiliated with 501 (c)(3) nonprofit institution or organization (including research firms) or a public American college or university.

The Foundation for Child Development believes that high-quality early learning experiences are crucial for the healthy lifelong development and learning of young children across the birth to age eight continuum. The Young Scholars Program (YSP) supports implementation research that is policy- and practice-relevant and that examines the preparation, competency, compensation, well-being, and ongoing professional learning of the early care and education (ECE) workforce. The Foundation believes that a deeper understanding of the role of ECE professionals in enhancing young children's early learning experiences can ultimately improve the chances for all children to reach their full potential.

Three specific goals frame the Foundation's current programmatic priority to strengthen the ECE workforce: 

  1. Professionalize the early childhood field and build greater awareness of the status of the early childhood workforce.
  2. Enhance the quality of professional practice.
  3. Improve teacher preparation and ongoing professional learning, with special attention to the Influence and role of institutions of higher education.

The Foundation supports research that is related to the ECE workforce that serves the YSP priority populations of young children who experience the harmful effects of poverty and discrimination across the birth to age eight continuum. For more information on priority populations, see

For information on research focus, see

Grant funds are intended to support the PI’s salary and direct research expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196053

Number of Grants:

Up to three grants are available.

Estimated Size of Grant:

For proposed research projects involving either primary data collection or a combination of primary data collection and secondary data analysis, the maximum grant award, including indirect costs, is $225,000 to be used over a two- to three-year period.

For proposed research projects solely focused on secondary data analysis, the maximum grant award, including indirect costs, is $180,000 to be used over a two- to three-year period.

Term of Contract:

Two- to three-year period. Research projects must be initiated with three months of award notification.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


1 . Principal Investigators must have received their doctoral degrees (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., Psy.D., J.D.) between January 1, 2013 and June 30, 2021. Physician applicants must have received their M.D. degrees between January 1, 2010 and June 30, 2021. A minimum of one year must have elapsed since receiving their degrees before Principal Investigators may apply to the program.

2. Applicants must be United States citizens, legal permanent residents, or those who have employment authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of the award and for the duration of the fellowship.

3. For the duration of the fellowship, individual Principal Investigators must be full-time, paid employees of the affiliated 501 (c)(3) nonprofit institution/organization (including research firms) or of a public American college or university located in the United States and its territories that will receive and process the Foundation's grant as well as support (e.g., contribute material and in-kind support) the funded research project, if awarded.

4. The affiliated 501 (c)(3) nonprofit institution/organization (including research firms) or public American college or university must have a minimum annual operating budget of $2.5 million, have a minimum three-year track record in leading and conducting multi-year research projects (at least three over the last three years), include research as a core activity as described in recent annual reports, and have produced and publicly disseminated a minimum of five publications (over the last five years) reporting the results of their research.

5. The applicant is the sole Principal Investigator and will lead the proposed research (no Co-Investigators).

6. More than one applicant may apply from a single institution.

7. Returning applicants are welcome and strongly encouraged to re-apply.

To increase the diversity of research perspectives, the Foundation encourages applications from:
- Scholars who are from underrepresented groups that have historically experienced poverty, racism, prejudice, and discrimination. Such groups include, but are not limited to, researchers of color, first-generation college graduates, culturally and linguistically diverse scholars, and researchers from low-income communities
- Scholars who represent a variety of disciplines and methodological approaches

Pre-proposal Conference:

2023 Young Scholars Program LOI Webinar: A Review of the Process
Tue, May 3, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

The Foundation for Child Development is currently accepting proposals for its 2023 Young Scholars Program (YSP). This webinar will offer detailed information about YSP's research focus on strengthening the early care and education workforce and about the Letter of Intent requirements and process. Attendees will also have an opportunity to submit questions during a Q&A.

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Pre-Application Information:

- April 7, 2022: Call for Proposals for 2022 YSP opens
- May 3, 2022: LOI Review Process webinar
- June 9, 2022: LOI Deadline: Online LOI closes at 8 PM EDT | 7 PM CDT | 6 PM MDT | 5 PM PDT
- August 2022: Latest notification of LOI status and invitations to submit a Full Application
- October 13, 2022: Full Application Deadline: Online Full Application process will close at 8 PM EDT | 7 PM CDT | 6 PM MDT | 5 PM PDT for applicants with an approved LOI who have been invited to apply
- Early April 2023: Latest notification of Full Application status

Use code “2023YSP” to access the 2023 YSP LOI form in the Grants Management System.

It is not expected that your IRB application should be completed and approved before you submit your YSP proposal at the LOI or Full Application stage. However, it is required that you begin the process before you submit your Full Application. You will be required to upload a confirmation email or document from your IRB committee stating that they have received your application for IRB review.

Previous Webinar Recordings:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, email

Foundation for Child Development
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 248
New York, NY 10115

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