Last week, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released new grant opportunities for the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research, among other programs.
This welcome news comes at a time when NCSER is still reeling from a 30% funding cut suffered in 2011. Last year, NCSER was unable to hold a new grant competition and has had a backlog of highly ranked grants that it could not fund. In FY 2014, only 4% of previously submitted, highly ranked grants were awarded, down from 12% in past years.
Since 2011, CEC – together with the special education research community – has worked to restore this cut and has regained some – but not all – of the $20 million slashed by Congress. IES’ announcement that there will be a grant competition for FY 2015 will enable research to investigate new ideas and innovations that will benefit children and youth with disabilities.
Get involved in our effort to support special education research funding today! And, attend CEC’s Legislative Conference in June to advocate directly with your lawmakers about the importance of increasing NCSER’s investment!
The IES FY2015 announcements for grant competitions in education research, include:
Special Education Research Programs (FY 2015) – 84.324A
Statistical and Research Methodology in Education (FY 2015) – 84.305D
Research Training Programs
Research Training Program in Special Education: Early Career Development and Mentoring (FY 2015) – 84.324B
Application deadline | August 7, 2014
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Application deadline is August 7th though a letter of intent is due June 5th. For a full list of deadlines, click on the documents above.
To complete and submit an FY 2015 application, you need to review the Request for Applications and download and complete the Application Package for the relevant competition. Information about how to prepare and submit electronic applications through Grants.gov is now included in the Request for Applications.
Visit the IES official page for funding opportunities here.
Please see the Federal Register notice for more information.
All remaining FY2015 grant competitions will be posted by April 30, 2014.