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Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences

Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and
For-Profits for Training Programs Related to Educational Research

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Institute of Education Sciences (IES) - U.S. Department of Education

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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and for-profit organizations for training programs related to educational research. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to prepare individuals to conduct rigorous education research, advance knowledge within the field, and address issues important to education policymakers and practicioners.

In this request for applications (RFA), NCER invites applications for training projects that will contribute to its Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences (Research Training). For FY 2022, IES is accepting applications for training under three programs:

  • Early Career Mentoring Program for Faculty at Minority-Serving Institutions (Early Career Mentoring Program)
  • Postdoctoral Research Training in the Education Sciences (Postdoctoral Training Program)
  • Methods Training Program for Education Researchers (Methods Training Program)

As part of the programs, IES supports –

  • Training that adopts new approaches to find and mentor students and researchers from diverse backgrounds to encourage their entry into and success in education research careers
  • Training that includes new ideas, approaches, and perspectives to address long-standing education issues
  • Training that helps researchers, including state and local education agency research staff, acquire skills necessary to obtain, evaluate, and generate evidence needed for policy and programmatic decisions 

IES aims to fund rigorous research that helps solve significant education problems and that is relevant to the teaching and learning needs of the diverse population of the United States. NCER’s ability to support high-quality research depends on our ability to train and support talented researchers, statisticians, and evaluators that reflect this diversity. IES encourages principal investigators and personnel from all demographic backgrounds. IES also encourages applications from minority-serving institutions.

For further program details, see the following link:

For details on the Early Career Mentoring Program for Faculty at Minority-Serving Institutions, see the following link:

For details on the Postdoctoral Research Training in the Education Sciences, see the following link:

For details on the Methods Training Program for Education Researchers, see the following link:

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GrantWatch ID#: 197413

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Grant Award:
- Early Career Mentoring Program: $700,000
- Postdoctoral Training Program: $800,000
- Methods Training Program: $800,000

Term of Contract:

Maximum Grant Duration:
- Early Career Mentoring Program: 4 Years
- Postdoctoral Training Program: 5 Years
- Methods Training Program: 3 Years


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For both the IES Postdoctoral Training Program and the Methods Training Program, IES provides funds to institutions that will establish training programs and independently recruit and train participants for those programs. For the Early Career Mentoring Program, IES provides funds to the institution of the principal investigator who submitted the application for this person’s mentoring and research development.

Broadening Participation in the Education Sciences:1 IES is interested in broadening institutional participation in its research training programs. IES encourages applications from minority-serving institutions (MSIs), alone or in combination with other institutions, that meet the eligibility criteria for this RFA. MSIs include Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions, American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, Asian American and Native American Pacific IslanderServing Institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Predominantly Black Institutions, and Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions.

The Principal Investigator: The applicant institution is responsible for identifying the principal investigator (PI) on a grant application and may elect to designate more than one person to serve in this role. The PI is the individual who has the authority and responsibility for the proper conduct of the research, including the appropriate use of federal funds and the submission of required scientific progress reports. If more than one PI is named, the institution identifies these PIs as sharing the authority and responsibility for leading and directing the research project intellectually and logistically. All PIs will be listed on any grant award notification. However, institutions applying for funding must designate a single point of contact for the project. The role of this person is primarily for communication purposes on the scientific and related budgetary aspects of the project, and this person should be listed as the PI. All other PIs should be listed as co-principal investigators.

For eligibility details specific to each program, see the link to the relevant program listed in the description above.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted electronically and received no later than 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 9, 2021 through the internet using the software provided on the website.

- Letter of Intent Due: July 22, 2021
- Application Package Available: June 30, 2021
- Application Deadline: 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 9, 2021
- Possible Start Dates: July 1 – September 1, 2022

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Dr. Katina Stapleton
(202) 245-6566

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