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 following:
Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color program (CNV) is designed to provide two years of support, mentoring, and networking opportunities for early career scholars of color (on "even" numbered years).
Research Foundation Grants (one-year grants, for which calls are announced every two years; on "odd" numbered years):
- Research Grants: Proposals are invited from teachers, teacher researchers, teacher educators, and scholars in language, literacy, and cultural studies. Applicants must be members of NCTE.
- Teacher Research Grants: Applicants should be full-time classroom teachers at the time of proposal submission and for the length of the grant. Proposals are invited from teachers of children and youth at any level, birth through grade 12. Teachers in urban, suburban, and rural settings are eligible.
Requests for proposals are usually advertised in the spring of each year and may be found in the Inbox Newsletter 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.