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The National Center for Education Research FY 2020 Awards

National Center for Education Research (NCER) recently made 88 awards across multiple FY 2020 competitions. Listed below are the awards from each of these competitions: Education Research Grants Program, Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences, Education Research and Development Center Program, Statistical and Research Methodology in Education, Research Grants Focused on Systematic Replication, and Unsolicited Grants Program.

Education Research Grants Program (CFDA 84.305A)
NCER made 60 new awards under the Education Research Grants Program (CFDA 84.305A) to applications considered under the August 2019 deadline. The total spending for all awards under CFDA 84.305A is approximately $100 million across 10 topic areas.

Click on the title of each project to get more information about each award.

Career and Technical Education

Choice and Information: The Impact of Technology-Based Career Advising Tools on High School Students' CTE Choices and Academic Performance
MDRC, Rachel Rosen

Exploring the Role of Career and Technical Education in Putting Michigan High School Students on a Path to Economic Success
University of Michigan, Brian A. Jacob

Cognition and Student Learning

Recruiting Spatial-Numerical Representations to Enhance the Use of Advanced Math Strategies in Low-Income Students
Boston University, Marina Vasilyeva

An Exploration of Brain Breaks to Enhance Attention Regulation and Instruction Uptake in Early Elementary
Kent State University, Karrie Inaba

"Boys Have It; Girls Have to Work for It": The Development and Consequences of Gender Stereotypes About Natural Talent vs. Effort in Mathematics
New York University, Andrei Cimpian

Exploring Collaborative Embodiment for Learning (EXCEL): Understanding Geometry Through Multiple Modalities
Southern Methodist University, Candace Walkington

Measuring Original Thinking in Elementary Students: A Text-Mining Approach
State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, Selcuk Acar

Early Learning Programs and Policies

Development of a Responsive Computerized-Adaptive Assessment System for Pre-K Mathematics
Lehigh University, Robin Hojnoski

Reading and Playing With Math: Promoting Preschoolers' Math Language Through Picture Books and Play Activities
Purdue University, David Purpura

Building Preschool Children's Complex Language Using Informational Texts
University of Cincinnati, Allison Breit-Smith

Individual Growth and Development Indicators: Automated Performance Evaluation of Early Language and Literacy in Español: IGDI-APEL Español
University of Minnesota, Alisha Wackerle-Hollman

Moving Beyond the Average: Building a Comprehensive Model of Classroom Quality That Incorporates Children's Individual Experiences
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Sandra Soliday Hong

Effects of Home and Classroom Practices on Language, Cognitive, and Social Development of Young Spanish-Speaking English Learners
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Susan H. Landry

Evaluating the Efficacy of the LOOK Teacher Consultation Model to Improve Self-Regulation, Behavioral, and Social Outcomes Among Children With Challenging Behaviors
University of Virginia, Amanda Williford

Effective Instruction

Initial Efficacy Study of Data Wise
SRI International, Nicole Arshan

Collective Capacity (Project C2): Professional Learning to Improve the Quality of Language and Literacy Instruction for English Learners
University of Texas, Austin, Greg Roberts

English Learners

Examining Heterogeneity in English Learner Program Effects With Meta-Analysis
American Institutes for Research (AIR), Ryan Williams

Exploring the Effects of Heterogeneous Grouping on English Learners' Language, Reading Comprehension, and Social Network Development
New York University, Michael J. Kieffer

Supporting Reading Comprehension for English Learners Through Inquiry-Based, Language Focused Instruction
North Carolina State University, Dennis Davis

Validation of a Spanish-Language Social Reasoning Assessment for Spanish-Speaking English Language Learners
Rush University Medical Center, Nicole Russo-Ponsaran

Measuring the English Language Vocabulary Acquisition of Latinx Bilingual Students (Project MELVA-S)
Southern Methodist University, Doris Luft Baker

Evaluating the Efficacy of the CLAVES Intervention: An Intervention Focused on Comprehension, Academic Language, and Vocabulary for English Learner Students
Stanford University, Rebecca Silverman

Effect of Bilingual vs Monolingual Methods of Explicit English Vocabulary Instruction on 4th Grade Spanish-Speaking English Learners (EL)
University of South Florida, Maria Carlo

Exploring Trends and Heterogeneity in the Timing and Effects of English Learner Reclassification: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
WestEd, Molly Faulkner-Bond

Improving Education Systems

The Impact of CSI Designation in Multiple Measure ESSA Accountability Systems
American Institutes for Research (AIR), Kerstin C. Le Floch

The Impact of Integration: An Analysis of the METCO Voluntary Desegregation Busing Program
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Joshua Angrist

What Difference Can Textbooks Make in Achievement Gaps? Exploring Early Exposure to Messages About Gender and Race
University of Chicago, Anjali Adukia

Linking Data and Policy to Improve College Readiness in Delaware
University of Delaware, Henry May

Teacher Working Conditions and Equitable Student Outcomes
University of Virginia, Luke Miller

Does School-Level Fiscal Flexibility Reduce Inequality in Student Achievement? New Evidence From Title I
WestEd, Patrick Sean Tanner

Literacy (Called "Reading and Writing" prior to FY 2020)

Project GROW
Southern Methodist University, Stephanie Al Otaiba

Comprehensive Meta-Analysis of Writing Interventions for Students in Grades K to 5
Texas State University, Alyson Collins

Developing Theory- and Evidence-based Oral Language Intervention: Integrated Multi-Component Oral Development for Literacy (iMODEL)
University of California, Irvine, Young-Suk Kim

A Comprehensive Measure of Reading Fluency: Uniting and Scaling Accuracy, Rate, and Prosody
University of Oregon, Joseph Nese

Postsecondary and Adult Education

Connecting Community College Students to Public and Community Resources: An Experimental Evaluation of Single Stop
RAND Corporation, Lindsay Daugherty

Does Federal Work-Study Work for Students? Evidence From a Randomized Controlled Trial
Teachers College, Columbia University, Judith Scott-Clayton

Literacy, Numeracy, and Problem-Solving Skills in Technology-Rich Environment in the STEM-Related Subbaccalaureate Programs in the United States
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Takashi Yamashita

Developing and Implementing a Technology-Based Reading Comprehension Instruction System for Adult Literacy Students
University of Memphis, John Sabatini

Improving the Education and Labor Market Outcomes of Students in Subbaccalaureate Postsecondary Institutions: What Can We Learn From Ohio's System of Public Career and Technical Centers?
University of Michigan, Peter Bahr

Improving Outcomes and Accelerating Completion With Corequisite Remediation in Mathematics: An Efficacy Study
WestEd, Steve Schneider

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

The Evolution of Learning Strategies as Indicators of Intervention Efficacy
University of Denver, Douglas Clements

Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning

Development of an Innovative Digital Intervention to Enhance the Social-Emotional Skills and School-Based Adjustment of Early Elementary Students
3-C Institute for Social Development, Melissa DeRosier

Developing Positive Family Support for Students Exposed to Trauma
Arizona State University, Sarah Lindstrom Johnson

Youth Participatory Action Research in the Secondary Curriculum
Cleveland State University, Adam Voight

Longitudinal Evaluation of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo: Identifying Mechanisms of Educational Impairment
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Stephen Becker

Developing and Testing Training Modes for Improving Teachers' Race-Related Competencies to Promote Student Learners' Academic Adjustment
Harvard University, Adriana Umaña-Taylor

Leveraging Restorative Practices and Social Emotional Learning to Enhance Transitioning and Early High School Students' Engagement
Johns Hopkins University, Elise Pas

Developing Seamless Blended Learning Through Collaborative In-Class and Online Dialogue About Critical Civic Issues to Improve Elementary Students' Interpersonal Competencies and Academic Achievement
Ohio State University, Tzu-Jung Lin

Fostering Productive Parent Engagement at School Entry
Pennsylvania State University, Karen L. Bierman

ACES-2: Development and Validation of the Revised Academic Competence Evaluation Scales
Pennsylvania State University, James DiPerna

Enhancing the Applicability of an Evidence-Based Intervention to Reduce Social Anxiety and Improve Educational Outcomes in Black American Students in Urban Public High Schools
Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc., Carrie Masia

Web-Based Assessment of Social-Emotional Skills in Middle School
Rush University Medical Center, Clark McKown

Enhancing the Capacity of School Nurses to Reduce Excessive Anxiety in Children: An Efficacy Trial of the CALM Intervention
University of Connecticut Health Center, Golda Ginsburg

Developmental Adaptation of a Self-monitoring Training Program for Middle School Students
University of Missouri, Columbia, Aaron Thompson

Evaluation of a Web-Based Classroom Management Program to Promote Effective Classroom Management Practices Among Early Career Teachers
University of Missouri, Columbia, Wendy Reinke

Efficacy of a Selective Intervention to Improve Middle School Students' Subjective Well-Being
University of South Florida, Shannon Suldo

The Development of New Technology to Promote the Fidelity and Sustainability of a Universal Preventive Intervention in Real-World Educational Settings
University of Southern Mississippi, Stephanie Smith

Project LEAPS: Latino Education After Public School
University of Texas, Austin, Charles Martinez

Helping Educational Leadership Mobilize Evidence (HELM): An Organizational Intervention to Promote Strategic Implementation in Schools
University of Washington, Aaron Lyon

Development and Testing of a Research-Based Tier 3 Wraparound Model for Schools
University of Washington, Eric Bruns


Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences (CFDA 84.305B)
NCER made 15 awards under Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences grant program (CFDA 84.305B) to applications considered under the August 2019 deadline. The total spending for all awards under CFDA 84.305B is approximately $51.4 million. Click on the title of each project to get more information about each award.

Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in the Education Sciences

Florida Interdisciplinary Research Fellows in Education Sciences (FIREFLIES)
Florida State University, Nicole Patton-Terry

Partnering in Education Research (PIER): An Interdisciplinary Predoctoral Training Program
Harvard University, Thomas Kane

Improving Education Systems Through Interdisciplinary Training and Practice: Applying Social Science to Education Policy and Implementation Research
Michigan State University, Scott Imberman

NYU Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program
New York University, James Kemple

Multidisciplinary Program in Educational Sciences
Northwestern University, David Uttal

Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Grant Program in Postsecondary Education (PIRT-PSE)
Teachers College, Columbia University, Thomas Brock

Increasing the Effectiveness and Coherence of Interventions to Reduce Educational Inequality
University of Chicago, Stephen Raudenbush

Training Program in Causal Inference in Education Policy Research at the University of Michigan
University of Michigan, Susan Dynarski

University of Pennsylvania Predoctoral Training Program in Interdisciplinary Methods for Field-Based Research in Education
University of Pennsylvania, Rebecca Maynard

The Virginia Education Sciences Predoctoral Training Program
University of Virginia, Robert C. Pianta

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Interdisciplinary Training Program for Predoctoral Research in the Education Sciences
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Martha W. Alibali

Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences

GSU Postdoctoral Training on Adult Literacy: G-PAL
Georgia State University, Daphne Greenberg

Methods Training for Education Researchers

A Summer RCT Institute for Established Researchers
Northwestern University, Larry Hedges

Building Local Collaborative Capacity for Selecting, Implementing and Evaluating Evidence-Based Interventions
Ohio State University, Ann A. O'Connell

IES Methods Training in Cost Effectiveness and Economic Evaluation
University of Pennsylvania, Brooks Bowden


Education Research and Development Center Program (CFDA 84.305C)
NCER made three new awards under Education Research and Development Center Program grant program (CFDA 84.305C) to applications considered under the August 2019 deadline. The total spending for all awards under CFDA 84.305C is approximately $25 million. Click on the title of each project to get more information about each award.

National Center for Research on Gifted Education
University of Connecticut, Del Siegle

Transdisciplinary Approaches to Improving Opportunities and Outcomes for English Learners: Using Engagement, Team-Based Learning, and Formative Assessment to Develop Content and Language Proficiency
University of Houston, David Francis

National Research and Development Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners
WestEd, Aída Walqui


Statistical and Research Methodology in Education (CFDA 84.305D)
NCER made eight new awards under the Statistical and Research Methodology in Education grants Program (CFDA 84.305D) to applications considered under the August 2019 deadline. The total spending for all awards under CFDA 84.305D is approximately $6.1 million. Click on the title of each project to get more information about each award.

Statistical and Research Methodology in Education

Assembling an Open-Access School-by-School Spending Data Archive
Georgetown University, Marguerite Roza

Deriving and Developing Tools to Estimate Optimal Data Points for Quasi-Experimental Designs
National Opinion Research Center (NORC), Eric Hedberg

thinkCausal: Practical Tools for Understanding and Implementing Causal Inference Methods
New York University, Jennifer Hill

Developing Computational Tools for Model-Based Oral Reading Fluency Assessments
Southern Methodist University, Akihito Kamata

Improving Methods for Policy Impact Evaluation with Group Panel Data in Education Research
University of California, Berkeley, Avi Feller

Causal Mediation Analysis Under Partial Compliance in Single-Site and Multisite Randomized Trials
University of Chicago, Guanglei Hong

Innovative Statistical Learning Methods and Software for Large-Scale Assessment
University of Washington, Chun Wang

Statistical and Research Methodology in Education - Early Career

Using Machine Learning Methods to Improve Regression Discontinuity Designs
RAND Corporation, Isaac Opper


Research Grants Focused on Systematic Replication (CFDA 84.305R)
NCER made one new award under the Research Grants Focused on Systematic Replication grants program (CFDA 84.305R) to applications considered under August 2019 deadline. The total spending for this award is approximately $4 million. Click on the title of the project to get more information about the award.

The Effects of PACT on Social Studies Knowledge and Comprehension Among 8th Grade Students
American Institutes for Research (AIR), Kathryn Drummond


Unsolicited Grants Program (84.305U)
NCER made one new award under the Unsolicited grants program. The total spending for this award is approximately $627,000.

Cost Analysis in Practice Project (CAP Project)
Teachers College, Columbia University, Fiona Hollands