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Grants of up to $35,000 to USA IHE faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and scholars of an equivalent level for educational research projects. Funding is intended to build research capacity and advance knowledge in education and STEM education and learning. The program supports highly competitive studies using rigorous quantitative methods to examine large-scale, education-related data. Funds may be used for research-related expenses such as course buyout, summer salary, travel to secure data enclaves or scholarly conferences, books, computer equipment, and other expenses directly related to conducting this research.
The Grants Program encourages the use of major data sets from multiple and diverse sources. It emphasizes the advanced statistical analysis of data sets from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other federal agencies. The program also supports studies using large-scale international data systems (e.g., PISA, PIRLS, or TIMMS) that benefit from U.S. federal government support. In addition, statewide longitudinal administrative data systems (SLDS) enhanced through federal grants are also eligible for consideration. The inclusion of federal or state administrative information that further expands the analytic capacity of the research is permissible. The thrust of the analysis needs to be generalizable to a national, state, or population or a subgroup within the sample that the dataset represents.
The Grants Program is open to field-initiated research and welcomes proposals that:
The Grants Program encourages proposals across the life span and contexts of education and learning of relevance to STEM policy and practice. The research may focus on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to such issues as student achievement in STEM, contextual factors in education, educational participation and persistence (pre-kindergarten through graduate school), early childhood education and development, postsecondary education, and the STEM workforce and transitions. Studies that examine issues of specific racial and ethnic groups, social classes, genders, or persons with disabilities are encouraged.
The research project must include the analysis of large-scale data. The data set can originate from one or multiple sources, including (1) federal data bases, (2) federally supported national studies, (3) international data sets supported by federal funds, or (4) statewide longitudinal administrative data systems (SLDS) enhanced through federal grants. For more information on data set eligibility, see the URL for Full Text link below.
In addition to the funding, grantees will be paired with a Governing Board member who will
monitor grantees’ progress and potentially advise on their research.
Estimated Size of Grant:
AERA is flexible on research project start dates, depending on what is best for the applicant. The earliest date a grant may start is approximately three months following the application deadline. Alternatively, an award start date several months or more after that may be requested.
For questions, contact:
Felice J. Levine, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, ext 201
George Wimberly, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator, ext 225
American Educational Research Association
1430 K Street NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20005