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:
- Stanford-San Francisco Unified School District Partnership
- Stanford-Sequoia K-12 Research Collaborative
For information on how to support our grant-making, please visit the Giving page.