Grants, Training & Conferences
Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant Awards
Check the SLDS website for winners of the FY 2010 Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) grant awards. As with previous awards, these are intended to help States design, plan, and implement longitudinal data systems. With $250 million available in the FY 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act SLDS grant competition, IES received a record number of applications (53) from State education agencies in response to the Request for Applications last year.
The grants awarded this year will also expand the focus of the SLDS beyond K–12 by requiring grantees to build the capacity to link to early childhood, postsecondary, and workforce data systems. Grantees are specifically required to address the 12 COMPETES Act elements, which require the ability to connect student data from early childhood into postsecondary careers.
NCER Announces 62 New Research Grants
From a total of 433 applications submitted in the first round of FY 2010 grant applications, the National Center for Education Research recently announced funding for 62 grants totaling approximately $96 million. New awards for the second round of FY 2010 grant applications will be announced in June.
The newly funded projects address a wide range of educational issues. For example,
- Researchers at Stanford University seek to determine the attributes, skills, orientations, and behaviors of school leaders that are associated with well-functioning schools.
- Educational Testing Service researchers will develop a software tool and accompanying teacher professional development to improve teachers' ability to adapt English texts to Spanish for English learners.
- Researchers at Vanderbilt University seek to discover the characteristics of elementary school students with different types of late-emerging reading disabilities as a step toward ultimately preventing their development.
- A team of researchers at SEDL will conduct a scale-up evaluation of the Everyday Mathematics curriculum in kindergarten through grade 5 to determine whether the curriculum improves mathematics learning and, if so, for which students and under what conditions.
- Through the Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies program, NCER is funding the evaluation of two Michigan high school programs—Michigan's Merit Curriculum, which requires students to complete more advanced coursework; and the Promise Scholarship program, which provides financial assistance for postsecondary education. University of Michigan researchers will evaluate the impact of Michigan's Merit Curriculum on students' course-taking, achievement on the state 11th grade examination, high school graduation, and college enrollment. In addition, they will evaluate the effects of the Promise Scholarship program on college entry, college choice, and college completion.
For a list of new awards, visit http://ies.ed.gov/ncer/projects/10awards2.asp.
For links to current Request for Applications, visit http://ies.ed.gov/funding/.
NAEP-related Research Grant Opportunities
Did you know that there are several IES programs in which grant applications for research using NAEP data can be appropriate?
Check out these programs.
- 84.305A Education Research Programs (ask an IES program officer for more details about topics and goals in this program area; see program officers listed on the IES funding website)
- 84.324A Special Education Research Programs
- 84.305D Statistical Research Methodology in Education
Apply using the IES Funding Opportunities page. For more information, visit http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/researchcenter.