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Program Announcement: Special Topics in Education Research

Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Albro
(202) 245-8495


The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) funds Special Topics to provide additional encouragement for research in under-studied areas that appear promising for improving student education outcomes and that are of interest to policymakers and practitioners. In some cases, a special topic may be a research gap that had been identified in a standing topic but that had not received much attention from the research field. Other special topics are intended to encourage research in areas that are not obviously supported through the standing topics. The National Center for Education Research's special topics have included: Foreign Language Education, Social Studies (now a regular topic), Arts in Education, Systemic Approaches to Educating Highly Mobile Students, and Career and Technical Education (now a regular topic). Information about grants funded under these special topics can be found on their program pages.

For FY 2023 IES is not accepting applications for Special Topics in Education Research.