U.S. Department of Education: Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs – Education Research
The U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) intends to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of: (1) developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for a disability; (2) education outcomes for all students from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education; and (3) employment and wage outcomes when relevant (such as for students who engaged in career and technical, postsecondary, or adult education). The Institute’s research grant programs are designed to provide interested individuals and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students. These interested individuals include parents, educators, students, researchers, and policymakers. In carrying out its grant programs, the Institute provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need.
The Institute will conduct nine research competitions in FY 2019 through two of its centers:
- The Institute’s National Center for Education Research (NCER) will hold a total of five competitions—one competition in each of the following areas: Education research; education research and development centers; statistical and research methodology in education; partnerships and collaborations focused on problems of practice or policy; and low-cost, short-duration evaluation of education interventions.
- The Institute’s National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) will hold a total of four competitions—one competition in each of the following areas: Special education research; research training programs in special education; low-cost, short-duration evaluation of special education interventions; and research networks focused on critical problems of policy and practice in special education.
NCER’s Education research component will support applications that address one of the following topics (CFDA 84.305A):
- Career and technical education
- Cognition and student learning
- Early learning programs and policies
- Education leadership
- Education technology
- Effective teachers and effective teaching
- English learners
- Improving education systems
- Postsecondary and adult education
- Reading and writing
- Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) education
- Social and behavioral context for academic learning
- Special topics: Social studies and foreign language education
Amount: Grants range from $100,000-$760,000 and have a project period of up to 5 years.
Eligibility: Applicants that have the ability and capacity to conduct scientifically valid research are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, nonprofit and for-profit organizations and public and private agencies and institutions of higher education, such as colleges and universities.
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