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Grants to USA IHE Faculty, Postdoctoral Researchers, and Doctoral Scholars for Educational Research Projects

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Research Grants

American Educational Research Association (AERA) and National Science Foundation (NSF)


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #181934

Grant Description

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:

  1. Develop or benefit from advanced statistical or innovative quantitative methods or measures;
  2. Analyze more than one large-scale national or international federally funded data set, or more than one statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) or incorporate other data enhancements;
  3. Integrate, link, or blend multiple large-scale data sources; or
  4. Undertake replication research of major findings or major studies using large-scale, federally supported or enhanced data.

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.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Research Grants are available for faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars. Proposals are encouraged from the full range of education research fields and other fields and disciplines engaged in education-related research, including economics, political science, psychology, sociology, demography, statistics, public policy, and psychometrics.

Applicants must have received their doctoral degree at the start of the award. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. Non-U.S. citizens affiliated with a U.S. university or institution are also eligible to apply. Underrepresented racial and ethnic minority researchers as well as women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Researchers who have previously received Research Grants through the AERA Grants Program (as a PI or Co-PI) may not apply for a Research Grant. However, applicants who have received an AERA Dissertation Grant are eligible to apply for a Research Grant. Dissertation Grant recipients must complete the Dissertation Grant before applying for a Research Grant.

In accordance with AERA's agreement with the funding agencies, institutions may not charge indirect costs or overhead on these awards.

Research Grantees may not accept concurrent grant or fellowship awards from another agency, foundation, institution or the like for the same project that is funded by the AERA Grants Program. If the awardee is offered more than one major grant or fellowship for the same project for the same time period, in order to accept the AERA Grants Program Research Grant, the other award(s) must be declined.

If the applicant is employed by a contractor of NCES, NSF, other federal agency, state agency, or other entity that provides the dataset proposed for the project, the research project must not be considered part of the applicant's work responsibilities. An additional letter from the applicant's employer is required as part of the application submission, stating that the research project is separate from the applicant's job duties. This letter must be sent electronically by the deadline.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications for the AERA Grants Program must be completed using the AERA online application portal by 11:59 p.m. (PT) on January 10, 2023 (11:59pm PT).

An applicant may submit only one proposal to the AERA Grants Program for review at any one time. Due to the large volume of applications received, the AERA Program is unable to provide individual feedback on unfunded proposals.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read Estimating Causal Effects: Using Experimental and Observational Designs, by Barbara Schneider, Martin Carnoy, Jeremy Kilpatrick, William H. Schmidt, and Richard J. Shavelson prior to submitting a grant proposal.

Applicants are encouraged to watch the informational webinar to learn more about the AERA Grants Program and discuss the application process. The recorded webinar is available through the AERA Virtual Research Learning Center.

Recent AERA Webinars: https://aera.elevate.commpartners.com/

AERA Virtual Research Learning Center: https://www.aera.net/ProfessionalOpportunitiesFunding/VirtualResearchLearningCenter/tabid/14823/Default.aspx

Information webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM6LjLJgoN4

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $35,000 for a maximum of 2-years.

Term of Contract:

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.

Contact Information:

Apply online:
http://forms.logiforms.com/formdata/user_forms/7993_9562493/66797/

For questions, contact:
grantsprogram@aera.net
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

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