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Institute of Education Sciences; Overview Information; Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers:84.305A, 84.305B, 84.305C, 84.305D, 84.305E, 84.324A, 84.324B, and 84.324C.

Summary:The Director of the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) announces the Institute's FY 2011 competitions for grants to support education research and special education research. The Director takes this action under the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, title I of Public Law 107-279. The intent of these grants is to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of education from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education.

Full Text of AnnouncementI. Funding Opportunity Description

Purpose of Program:The central purpose of the Institute's research grant programs is to provide parents, educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students. In carrying out its grant programs, the Institute provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need.

Competitions in this Notice:The Institute will conduct 12 research competitions in FY 2011 through two of its National Education Centers.

The National Center for Education Research (NCER) will hold eight competitions: Two competitions for education research; one competition for education research training; one competition for education research and development centers; one competition for research on statistical and research methodology in education; and three competitions for evaluation of State and local education programs and policies.

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) will hold four competitions: Two competitions for special education research, one competition for special education research training, and one competition for special education research and development centers.

NCER Competitions

Education Research.Under the two education research competitions, NCER will consider only applications that address one of the following education research topics:

* Reading and Writing.

* Mathematics and Science Education.

* Cognition and Student Learning.

* Teacher Quality--Reading and Writing.

* Teacher Quality--Mathematics and Science Education.

* Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning.

* Education Leadership.

* Education Policy, Finance, and Systems.

* Organization and Management of Schools and Districts.

* Analysis of Longitudinal Data to Support State and Local Education Reform.

* Early Learning Programs and Policies.

* English Learners.

* Postsecondary Education.

* Adult Education.

* Education Technology.

Education Research Training.Under the education research training competition, NCER will consider only applications for Postdoctoral Research Training in the Education Sciences.

Education Research and Development Centers.Under the education research and development centers competition, NCER will consider only applications that address one of the following education research topics:

* Cognition and Adult Literacy.

* State and Local Education Policy.

* Postsecondary Education and Employment.

Research on Statistical and Research Methodology in Education.Under the research on statistical and research methodology in education competition, NCER will consider only applications that address research on statistical and research methodology in education.

Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies.Under the three Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies competitions, NCER will consider only applications that address the evaluation of State and local education programs and policies.

NCSER Competitions

Special Education Research.Under the two special education research competitions, NCSER will consider only applications that address one of the following special education research topics:

* Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education.

* Reading, Writing, and Language Development.

* Mathematics and Science Education.

* Social and Behavioral Outcomes to Support Learning.

* Transition Outcomes for Special Education Secondary Students.

* Cognition and Student Learning in Special Education.

* Professional Development for Teachers and Related Services Providers.

* Special Education Policy, Finance, and Systems.

* Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Special Education Research Training.Under the special education research training competition, NCSER will consider only applications for Postdoctoral Research Training.

Special Education Research and Development Centers.Under the special education research and development centers competition, NCSER will consider only applications that address the following research topic:

* School-Based Interventions for Secondary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dated: January 29, 2010. John Q. Easton, Director, Institute of Education Sciences.