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Due Date:  Letter of Intent (optional, but strongly encouraged) is due by 5/5/16; Full application package is due by 8/4/16 4:30PM EST.
Eligibility:  Non-profit and for-profit organizations and public and private agencies and institutions, such as colleges and universities. Applicants must have the ability to and capacity to conduct scientific research.
Award Amount:  Varies based on research goal and grant duration from $600,000 to $3.8 million over a period of 2-5 years.
Title: Education Research Grants
Agency: Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
Release Date: 3/28/16

Link to Submit LOI:
Link to Request for Applications (RFA):
Webinars: IES will post topics and dates for funding opportunity webinars at when available.

Note: The application package will be available for download from by 5/5/16.

Description:  The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) provides grants for research performed in authentic educational settings pertaining to “student academic outcomes and student social and behavioral competencies that support success in school and afterwards”. According to the RFA, “All research supported under the Education Research Grants program must address the education outcomes of students and include measures of these outcomes. The Institute is most interested in student academic outcomes and student social and behavioral competencies that support success in school and afterwards.”

Applications will be accepted for one of the Institute’s 11 standing focused programs of research topics, as well as three special topics introduced for FY 2017. Each topic has its own specific set of Sample, Outcomes and Setting requirements that must be met.

The 11 focused programs are:

  • Specific Populations of Learners
    • Early Learning Programs and Policies (Pre-K ages 3-5)
    • English Learners (EL K-12, EL educators)
    • Postsecondary Education and Adult Education (individuals age 16+ involved in post-secondary or adult education)
  • Salient Student Education Outcomes
    • Reading and Writing (K-12)
    • Mathematics and Science education (K-12)
    • Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning (K-12)
  • Potential Mechanisms of Intervention
    • Cognition and Student Learning (Pre-K, K-12)
    • Education Leadership (Practicing Education Leaders and/or people training to become education leaders)
    • Education Technology (Pre-K, K-12)
    • Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching (Teachers/instructional personnel of K-12)
    • Improving Education Systems (K-12 public education systems)

FY 2017 Special Topics:

  • Arts in education (K-12)
  • Career and Technical Education (K-12)
  • Systemic Approaches to Educating Highly Mobile Students (K-12)

Applications must be directed to one of five research goals, as aligned with the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development (

  • Exploration
  • Development and Innovation
  • Efficacy and Replication
  • Measurement
  • Effectiveness

Multiple applications are allowed from one applicant as long as each is for a significantly different project.

Awards will be announced no later than July 1, 2017.

Registration with is required. Registration takes a minimum of 3-5 business days and can take up to 4 weeks to complete. Grants cannot be submitted until the registration process is completed.

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Due Date:  There are two deadlines for concept papers – May 11, 2016 and August 3, 2016.
Eligibility:  U.S. 501(c)(3) public entities or nonprofits
Award Amount:  Up to $190,000 for up to 18 months
Title:  Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity – Round 10
Agency: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Note: 1/3 of available funds earmarked for studies serving rural areas of the U.S., Asian/Pacific Islanders, and/or American Indians

Description:  “The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, and children who live in lower-income communities (urban, suburban, and/or rural). Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to help all children achieve a healthy weight, promote health equity, and build a Culture of Health.” (direct quote from RWJF website)

Website: Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity