The NCTE Research Foundation was established in 1960 in honor of J.N. Hook, the Council's first Executive Secretary. Hook served concurrently as the first director of Project English, a federally funded program that supported research in the English language arts, and later authored a history of the Council. Hook's writing of this history, A Long Way Together: A Personal History of NCTE's First Sixty-Seven Years (NCTE, 1979), was supported by the Research Foundation.
The purpose of the NCTE Research Foundation is to "improve the quality of instruction in English at all educational levels; to encourage research experimentation, and investigation in the teaching of English; to facilitate professional cooperation of the members; to hold public discussions and programs; to sponsor the publication of desirable articles and reports; and to integrate the improvement of instruction in English" (NCTE Constitution).
Presently, the Research Foundation supports the Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color awards program (CNV), which provides two-year mentored fellowships (on "even" numbered years), and awards one-year research grants, for which calls are announced every two years (on "odd" numbered years).
Requests for proposals are usually advertised in the spring of each year and may be found in Inbox as well as on the web and in other Council publications.
The Research Foundation Board of Trustees meets in person twice each year, fall and spring, as well as through communications media as needed. The board's spring meeting is held in conjunction with CNV's spring institute.