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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

In this announcement, the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) requests applications to its new Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy grants program (Collaborations Program). Through the Collaborations Program the Institute seeks to improve the quality of education for all students through advancing the understanding of and practices for teaching, learning, and organizing education systems.

The Institute is concerned that education research is not making as large a contribution to policy and practice as it could, perhaps because researchers have not focused on the questions or issues that policymakers and practitioners are most concerned about or have not communicated their findings in ways that are understandable and useful. To address this concern, the Institute has established the new Collaborations Program to support research done through close collaboration with practitioners and policymakers through the partnering of researchers with U.S. State and local education agencies.

The partnerships established under the Collaborations Program 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.

The joint research of the partnerships is to address education issues that occur from prekindergarten through postsecondary and adult education and affect typically developing students and/or students with or at risk for disabilities. The education issues addressed should be of high priority for the education agency and have important implications for improving student achievement. Grants will be made under three topics:

  1. Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research: to support a new or existing partnership carry out initial research regarding the education issue, and develop a plan for further research on the education issue.
  2. Continuous Improvement Research in Education: to support well-established partnerships adapt and revise an existing approach (or approaches) to the education issue using continuous improvement strategies in order to improve implementation, intermediate outcomes, and student outcomes.
  3. Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies: to carry out rigorous evaluations of education programs or policies that are implemented under routine conditions by State or local education agencies to improve student academic outcomes.

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.