I think the ideal situation for funding Montessori research would be
- A well funded, non-partisan organization would provide grants for Montessori research.
- Proposals would be reviewed by trained researchers (Psychology and Education researchers, professors, and graduate students) to confirm the methodology of the proposal is scientifically sound.
- Proposals that meet methodology requirements would be reviewed by a committee of peers to prioritize and distribute funding.
- The organization would publish research findings in a Peer Reviewed Journal of Montessori Research.
The current situation is not so ideal, in fact there are relatively few sources of funding for Montessori Research.
American Montessori Society offers these sources
Mini-grants of up to $3,500 support research that can bring fresh insight to Montessori education.
Awards of up to $1,000 are available for graduate-level research that furthers the understanding of Montessori education.
Up to $500 may be awarded to graduate students and established scholars wishing to travel to consult the American Montessori Society archives in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.
Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand offers a Research Grant
MANZ Research Grant
MANZ has set aside a research fund to provide a practical means of supporting Montessori research in New Zealand. In 2016 the interest on MANZ funds of up to $5000 will be available for research.This research fund is available to members of Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand.
These are the only Montessori specific funding sources that I have been able to find. You may also be able to find grants open to a wider variety of research by searching the internet.
The funding and publishing options are limited because there is so little research to fund or publish. I believe that when more research is conducted the situation will improve.
“If you build it, they will come.”