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Program Announcement: Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy CFDA 84.305H

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

In this announcement, the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) requests applications to its Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy grants program (Research Collaborations Program). The research supported by the Research Collaborations Program is to be done in close collaboration with practitioners and policymakers made possible by the partnering of research institutions with U.S. state and local education agencies. Through this program, the Institute seeks to improve the quality of education for all students prekindergarten through postsecondary and adult education by advancing the understanding of and practices for teaching, learning, and organizing education systems. By identifying what works, what does not, and why, the goal of this research grant program is to improve education outcomes for all students, particularly those at risk of failure.

The work of the Institute is grounded in the principle that effective education research must address the interests and needs of education practitioners and policymakers, as well as students, parents, and community members (see http://ies.ed.gov/director/board/priorities.asp for the Institute's priorities). Under the Research Collaborations Program, the Institute encourages the development of partnerships between researchers and education agencies to advance the relevance of education research and the accessibility and usability of the findings for the day-to-day work of education practitioners and policymakers. These partnerships are intended to increase the responsiveness of the research through the required inclusion of education agencies as partners from the start of the work with the identification of the research questions, design of the project, carrying out of the research, and adoption and dissemination of the results.

Grants will be made under three topics:

  1. Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research: to support new or established partnerships between research institutions and state or local education agencies to carry out initial research (and plan future research) on an education issue of high priority for the education agency that has important implications for improving student education outcomes.

  2. Continuous Improvement Research in Education: to support well-established partnerships between research institutions and state or local education agencies to adapt and revise a specific approach, using a continuous improvement strategy, to address a specific education issue or problem of high importance to the education agency that has important implications for improving student education outcomes.

  3. Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies: to support partnerships between research institutions and state and local education agencies to carry out rigorous evaluations of education programs or policies (programs/policies) that are implemented by state or local education agencies and have important implications for improving student education outcomes.