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Program Announcement: Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences CFDA 84.305B

Program Officer:
Dr. Meredith Larson
Telephone: (202) 245-7037

Since 2004, the Institute has invested in increasing the supply of scientists and researchers in education who are prepared to conduct rigorous education research. The overall purpose of the Institute's training programs is to prepare individuals to conduct rigorous and relevant education research that advances knowledge within the field and addresses issues important to education policymakers and practitioners.

Through its training programs, the Institute seeks to fund new approaches to train and mentor students and researchers from diverse backgrounds in order to encourage their entry into and success in education research careers. The Institute intends for these efforts to improve the quality of education research and to encourage new ideas, approaches, and perspectives. The Institute is particularly interested in applications for research training that will help state and local education agencies build their capacity to use evidence, as envisioned by the 2015 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act.

For FY 2017, the Institute is accepting applications for training under three topics:

  • The Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training Program (Pathways Training Program) funds training programs at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and institutions of higher education that partner with MSIs. These programs are open to all students and are designed to provide upper-level undergraduate students, recent graduates, and/or master's students with education research experience and professional development in order to prepare these students to pursue doctoral study in the education sciences or in fields relevant to education research. The program places special emphasis on recruiting students from underrepresented groups, including racial/ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, economically disadvantaged students, veterans, and students with disabilities.
  • The Postdoctoral Research Training in the Education Sciences Program (Postdoctoral Training Program) funds programs to further prepare researchers who have obtained their Ph.D.'s to become researchers capable of conducting high-quality, independent education research that advances knowledge within the field of education sciences and addresses issues important to education leaders and practitioners.
  • The Methods Training for Education Researchers Program (Methods Training) funds programs to help current education researchers maintain and upgrade their research and analysis skills in order to enable them to engage in rigorous and relevant education research.