How we work: Funding opportunities

Funding Opportunities

The Stanford Accelerator for Learning grants funding to faculty, staff, and students to develop projects that will contribute to scientific knowledge and have a lasting impact on learners.

The Stanford Accelerator for Learning encourages and enables scholars and students to seize new opportunities in data, technology, and the brain to improve learning outcomes, and therefore life outcomes.  We focus on learning challenges most in need of new discoveries, evidence, and solutions, and where we believe Stanford can make the most difference.

To amplify the impact of Stanford research on learners, we support research and design projects through grant funding at multiple stages of a project. Grant funding works in parallel with Accelerator Studio supports to enable the development and impact of research that substantively improves learning. Since 2020, we have distributed nearly $2 million to fund more than 40 promising projects.

The Accelerator distributes two types of funds:

  • Acceleration grants. These grants support research and design that demonstrate an early theory of impact. Grant funding is available for Stanford faculty, staff, and students. The initial stage of grant funding, centered around a theme, is referred to as “seed grants.” Our past and upcoming rounds of seed grants are detailed below.
  • Learning Design Challenge awards. Students are eligible for funding in two stages ($1,500 Design Awards and $9,000 Research Awards) as part of the Learning Design Challenge course.

The Accelerator also partners with groups across Stanford to distribute funds, such as:

For information on how to support our grant-making, please visit the Giving page.

Open opportunities

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Deadline: July 15, 2024

People Who Help Other People Learn (PWHOPL)

The Stanford Accelerator for Learning seeks to fund research that fosters new understandings of how to use technology for rapid capability development to support PWHOPL.
Funding type: Seed grant
Initiative: Adult and Workforce Learning
Eligibility: Faculty, Staff, Students
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Closed opportunities

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Deadline: December 01, 2023

Igniting Transformative Approaches to Ethnic Studies

The Stanford Accelerator for Learning is funding exploratory projects, developing partnerships, and preliminary scholarship that are poised to make substantial impacts on how ethnic studies is taught and integrated into K-12 schooling across California.
Funding type: Seed grant
Initiative: Equity in Learning
Eligibility: Faculty, Staff, Students
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Deadline: March 01, 2023

Generative AI for the Future of Learning

In collaboration with the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, grants up to $100,000 for innovative designs and/or research on critical issues and applications of generative AI in learning contexts.
Funding type: Seed grant
Initiative: Digital Learning
Eligibility: Faculty, Staff, Students
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Deadline: July 16, 2021

Understanding Learning Differences in Context

Interdisciplinary research projects on learning differences and/or the future of special education, funded up to $80,000 for a one year project.
Funding type: Seed grant
Initiative: Learning Differences and the Future of Special Education
Eligibility: Faculty, Staff
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Deadline: September 30, 2021

The Science and Design of Virtual Field Trips

Funded concept-proving research and designs that advance learning in the area of virtual field trips.
Funding type: Seed grant
Initiative: Digital Learning
Eligibility: Faculty, Staff, Students
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Deadline: September 01, 2020

Digital Learning during COVID-19

Funded projects to support virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding type: Seed grant
Initiative: Digital Learning
Eligibility: Faculty