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Dr. Corinne Alfeld
(202) 245-8203


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 research within its broad topic area and provides national leadership in advancing evidence-based practice and policy within its topic area. More information on existing Institute centers is available here.

Competitions for the National Research and Development Centers occur on an irregular basis. The Institute posts announcements of new competitions for the National Research and Development Centers in the Federal Register. For FY18, the Institute is competing four new R&D Centers through the Education Research and Development Center Program (84.305C).

  • The Improving Education Outcomes for Disadvantaged Students in Choice Schools center will examine how states and school districts can implement school choice programs and policies in ways that improve education outcomes for disadvantaged students.
  • The Improving Rural Education center will examine how to build the capacity of rural schools to use high-quality, scientific research to improve student education outcomes.
  • The Writing in Secondary Schools center will conduct research on how students develop writing skills across secondary school and how best to support or measure writing skills in this population.
  • The Exploring Science Teaching in Elementary School Classrooms center will examine specific observable teaching actions during science instruction and explore the relationship between these teaching actions and student science learning in early elementary school classrooms.