LJAF is interested in funding research and evaluation projects testing interventions related to post-secondary success (including student learning, persistence, completion, time to completion, job placement, and post-college earnings). They are particularly interested in interventions that promise to improve success among underserved students, such as low-income students, students of color, adult students, and veterans. LJAF has committed up to $10 million for these grants.
This RFP is soliciting two types of project proposals:
Innovation Tier: LJAF recognizes that many innovative ideas will not be ready for larger-scale evaluations of impact until they can be successfully piloted. Therefore, proposals are being solicited for small-scale pilot projects, supported by compelling logic, that faithfully implement and study postsecondary interventions.
Validation Tier: LJAF is seeking proposals to rigorously evaluate interventions that either have highly promising prior evidence or are widely implemented. These evaluations build policy-important evidence about “what works” to increase postsecondary success in a cost-effective manner. LJAF strongly prefers randomized controlled trials but under certain conditions may consider rigorous quasi-experimental evaluations with strong designs.