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Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and IHEs for Research on High-Priority Education Issues

Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice

GrantWatch ID# 193640
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Education (DOE) - Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
CFDA Number: 84.305
Funding or PIN Number: ED-GRANTS-081922-001
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 11/16/22
Deadline: 02/23/23 11:59 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, agencies, and IHEs for research on high-priority education issues. Funding is intended for multiple research teams to be working in tandem on separate projects, in order to quickly advance on the research front. The information gained from this research will help inform policymakers on how to move forward with improvements to the education system.

In this request for applications (RFA), NCER invites applications to contribute to networks under the Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice program. The Education Research Network Grants program focuses resources and attention on education problems or issues that are a high priority for the nation and creates both a structure and process for researchers who are working on these issues to share ideas, build new knowledge, and strengthen their research and dissemination capacity. Networks are comprised of multiple teams who have their own individual projects that share a focus on a particular education issue and a Network Lead. The goals of a Network are to advance the field’s understanding of a problem or issue beyond what an individual research project or team can do on its own and to assist policymakers and practitioners in using this information to strengthen education policies and programs and improve learners’ education outcomes. Networks support IES’s mission to fund rigorous research that helps solve significant education problems that are 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 its ability to train and support talented researchers, statisticians, and evaluators that reflect this diversity. IES encourages principal investigators and personnel from all demographic backgrounds to apply. IES also encourages applications from minority-serving institutions.

For FY2023, IES invites applications for:

  • A Network Lead for a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) Research Network. The CTE Research Network will include Research Teams funded by other IES grant competitions.
  • Up to ten Research Teams to join the Digital Learning Platforms (DLPs) to Enable Efficient Education Research Network, SEERNet, which currently includes a Network Lead and five Platform Teams. 

Competition Requirements and Recommendations:


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • 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
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Research Network Lead:
Eligible applicants for the CTE Research Network Lead are institutions of higher education, public and/or private non-profit organizations and/or agencies, and consortia of such institutions, organizations, or agencies that have the ability and capacity to conduct scientifically valid research. Eligible subgrantees include nonprofit and for-profit organizations and public and private agencies and institutions of higher education. The grantee may award subgrants to entities it has identified in an approved application.

Digital Learning Platforms (DLPs) Network Research Teams:
Organizations that have the ability and capacity to conduct rigorous research and development are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, institutions of higher education and non-profit, for-profit, public, or private agencies. Applicants from the same institution as the Platform Team they intend to work with are eligible to apply to conduct research on that platform, and applicants associated with a SEERNet Platform Team are eligible to apply to work with another Platform Team within SEERNet.

IES is interested in broadening institutional participation in its research grant programs. IES encourages applications from minority-serving institutions (MSIs), alone or in combination with other institutions, that meet the eligibility criteria for the network to which the application will be submitted. MSIs include Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions, American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Predominantly Black Institutions, and Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions.

The Principal Investigator: The applicant organization 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 organization 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, organizations 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 coprincipal investigators.

Pre-Application Information
- Letter of Intent Due: November 16, 2022
- Application Package Available: October 20, 2022
- Application Deadline: 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 23, 2023
- Possible Start Date: September 1, 2023

All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of intent (LOI) by November 16, 2022, and an IES program officer will respond with feedback regarding the fit of your proposed project for this RFA.

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For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

Number of Grants
One CTE Research Network Lead and up to ten DLP Research Teams

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum Grant Awards:
- CTE Research Network Lead: $3,750,000
- DLP Research Team: $400,000 per team

Term of Contract
Maximum Grant Duration:
- CTE Research Network Lead: 5 years
- DLP Research Team: 2 years

Contact Information
Submit LOI online:

CTE Research Network contact:
Dr. Corinne Alfeld
(202) 245-8203

Digital Learning Platforms Network contact:
Dr. Erin Higgins
(202) 706-8509

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