The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) aims to bridge research and practice in education. In addition to collecting education statistics and funding a wide range of research, IES also makes major investments in building capacity among states, districts, and others to use objective, scientific evidence to improve education outcomes. The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) program is one of IES's largest programs supporting the use of scientific evidence in education.
On February 5, 2016, the Department of Education opened the competition for the next generation of RELs. The solicitation and all supporting information can be found on the FedBizOpps website.
Each of the 10 RELs conducts applied research; seeks out and widely disseminates findings from high-quality research through live events and a wide range of media; and provides training, coaching, and technical support for applying research to education improvement. The current RELs have carried out their work in research alliances, which are partnerships of researchers and practitioners that use research to identify where, when, and how to intervene to improve education outcomes.
The next RELs are expected to begin their work in early 2017 and continue for a period of 60 months.
Questions about the new REL competition must be directed to the Department's contract personnel for this procurement: