Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 NCER and NCSER Grant Competitions Announced
The Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has announced its fiscal year (FY) 2018 competitions for education research and special education. This is a later announcement date than in years past. Congressional appropriations for FY 2018 are currently unknown and IES recently received a cut in the FY 2017 omnibus; however, IES is anticipating it will have enough funding in FY 2018 to make new awards. The funding outlook for this competition will be solidified with the conclusion of the FY 2018 congressional appropriations process which was kicked off with the president’s budget request, released last week. The Administration proposed a slight increase over the FY 2017 omnibus level for IES research in FY 2018.
The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) explains that these awards will “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, and (2) education outcomes for all students from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education.”
IES plans to host 10 competitions in FY 2018 that address a range of relevant topic areas, including a continued focus on low-cost, short-duration evaluations of interventions, which began during the FY 2016 competition year. The awards will be administered through the Institute’s major grant-awarding centers, the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). Each center will administer five awards in FY 2018. Details on each of the centers’ priorities are outlined below. Last year, NCER conducted six competitions and NCSER competed three.
NCER will administer five competitions for grants pertaining to specific topic areas. Competitions and topics are listed below:
- Education research –The education research competition invites applications that address one of the following topics:
- “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, and Mathematics Education;
- Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning;
- Special Topics, including:
- Arts in Education;
- Career and Technical Education, and
- Systemic Approaches to Educating Highly Mobile Students.”
- Education research and development centers – Applications for this competition must address one of four priority topics, including: “Improving Education Outcomes for Disadvantaged Students in Choice Schools; Improving Rural Education; Writing in Secondary Schools; and Exploring Science Teaching in Elementary School Classrooms.”
- Partnerships and collaborations focused on problems of practice or policy – Applications for this competition must address one of two topics: “Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research, or Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies.”
- Low-cost, short-duration evaluation of education interventions – Applications to the two planned competitions in this area must propose low-cost, short-duration evaluations of interventions.
NCSER will administer five competitions in the following research areas of interest:
- Special education research – The special education research program will consider proposals that address one of the following 11 topic areas:
- “Autism Spectrum Disorders;
- Cognition and Student Learning in Special Education;
- Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education;
- Families of Children with Disabilities;
- Mathematics and Science Education;
- Professional Development for Teachers and School-Based Service Providers;
- Reading, Writing, and Language Development;
- Social and Behavioral Outcomes to Support Learning;
- Special Education Policy, Finance, and Systems;
- Technology for Special Education; or
- Transition Outcomes for Secondary Students with Disabilities.”
- Special education research training – Under this topic, NCSER will only consider proposals that address one of three priority areas, including: postdoctoral research training for special education and early intervention; early career development; or “Methods Training Using Sequential, Multiple Assignment, Randomized Trial (SMART) Designs for Adaptive Interventions in Education.”
- Low-cost, short-duration evaluation of special education interventions – Under two competitions in this category, NCSER will only consider proposals “that address low-cost, short-duration evaluation of special education interventions.”
- For Education Research (84.305A), Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy (84.305H), Special Education Research (84.424A), and Research Training Programs in Special Education (84.324B): Applications become available June 22, 2017; completed applications due by August 17, 2017.
- For Education Research and Development Centers (84.305C), Low-cost, short-duration evaluation programs, and Research Networks Focused on Critical
Problems of Policy and Practice in Special Education (84.324N), deadlines vary. See the full FOA linked below for additional deadline information.
Total Funding and Award Size: Project period estimations range from two to five years and approximate award sizes range from $50,000 to $1,000,000 annually. Actual number of awards and funding levels are dependent on FY 2018 appropriations.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants include nonprofit and for-profit organizations, public and private agencies, and institutions of higher education.
Sources and Additional Information:
- The Federal Register notice announcing the competitions is available at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-30/pdf/2017-11107.pdf.
- The Request for Applications for each competition will be available at https://ies.ed.gov/funding/.