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Program Announcement: Education Research and Development Centers CFDA 84.305C

Program Officer:
Dr. Erin Higgins
Telephone: (202) 208-3749

Under the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, the Institute supports National Research and Development Centers (R&D Centers) that are intended to contribute significantly to the solution of education problems in the United States by engaging in research, development, evaluation, and national leadership activities aimed at improving the education system and, ultimately, student achievement. Each of the R&D Centers conducts a focused program of research in its topic area. In addition, each Center conducts supplemental activities within its broad topic area and provides national leadership in advancing evidence-based practice and policy within its topic area. For information on existing Institute R&D Centers, please see

The Institute's R&D Centers grapple with key education issues that face our nation. Through this program, researchers have greater resources to tackle more complex education problems, create innovative education solutions, and contribute to knowledge and theory in the education sciences.

For the FY 2016 Education Research and Development Center competition, the Institute invites applications in one topic area — Virtual Learning — and is interested in applications that offer the greatest promise for the following:

  • Contributing to the solution of a specific education problem within the R&D Center topic and to the generation of new knowledge and theories relevant to the focus of the R&D Center.

  • Providing relatively rapid research and scholarship on supplemental questions that emerge within the R&D Center's topic area and that are not being addressed adequately elsewhere.

  • Providing national leadership within the R&D Center's topic by developing position papers, hosting meetings, and engaging in dialogue with researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in order to identify promising areas of research, development, and dissemination for the field and to advance evidence-based policy and practice.