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Program Announcement: Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research CFDA 84.305H

Program Officer:
Dr. Allen Ruby
Telephone: (202) 219-1591
Email: Allen.Ruby@ed.gov

The Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research topic was previously a separate grant program. For FY 2014, it has been merged into the Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy program (84.305H) as Topic 1.

Under the Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research (Research Partnership), the Institute supports partnerships composed of research institutions and State or local education agencies. These partnerships are to identify an education policy/practice issue with important implications for improving student achievement that is of high priority for the education agency, carry out initial research regarding the education issue, and develop a plan for further research on the issue. The ultimate goal of the partnerships is to conduct research that has direct implications for improving programs, processes, practices, or policies that will result in improved student outcomes.

The Research Partnership topic provides funding for new partnerships to form as well as for existing partnerships to expand into new areas of research. The Research Partnership topic differs from the Institute's other research grant topics and programs in that it provides support for a partnership's development of a research plan. The Institute's other research grant programs and topics support similar partnerships but only after they have developed a research plan.

As part of the developing the research plan, partnerships are expected to complete initial research to help understand their education issue and develop future research. To this end, partnerships may analyze secondary data and/or collect primary data and analyze it. However, given the limit on the size of the grant award, the Institute expects that any large-scale data collection (quantitative or qualitative) will not be possible under the Research Partnership project. Though some pilot studies may be possible, more comprehensive data collection activities should be proposed in a future research plan.

The Institute expects the grantee to provide the following at the end of a Research Partnership project:

  1. A description of the partnership as developed over the course of the grant.
  2. A description of the education issue addressed by the partnership.
  3. The results of the completed initial research and any conclusions drawn from it.
  4. A plan for the partnership to carry out further research on the education issue.
  5. Recommendations for how the partnership could be maintained over the longer term.
  6. Lessons learned from developing the partnership that could be used by others in forming such partnerships.

Note: The 84.305H Request for Applications (RFA) was updated with minor corrections on May 9, 2013. If you downloaded this RFA before May 9, 2013, please download the revised RFA.