The Institute for Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, has announced it will conduct 10 research competitions in fiscal year 2013 through two of its Centers: the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research. Four of the competitions will focus on special education with the remaining six will address more general education research questions.
Specific to the four special education research competitions:
- Two competitions will address one of the specific special education research topics outlined by the Department and include:
- early intervention and early learning in special education;
- reading, writing, and language development;
- math and science education;
- social and behavioral outcomes to support learning;
- transition outcomes for special education secondary students;
- cognition and student learning in special education;
- professional development for teachers and related service providers;
- special education policy, finance, and systems;
- autism spectrum disorders;
- technology for special education; and
- families of children with disabilities.
- One competition will be the Special Education Research Training Competition with a focus on early career development and mentoring in special education research. No more than ten grants will be awarded under this competition.
- One competition will be the Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with Disabilities Research Initiative Competition with a focus on reading and math. No more than three grants will be awarded under this competition.