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Current Funding Opportunities for Research


NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers
Agency: NSF
Deadline: 8/14/2020
Submission Type: Full Proposal
Focus: ITEST is an applied research and development (R&D) program providing direct student learning opportunities in pre-kindergarten through high school (PreK-12). The learning opportunities are based on innovative use of technology to strengthen knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communication technology (ICT) careers. To achieve this purpose, ITEST supports projects that engage students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase awareness and interest of STEM and ICT occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to those occupations; and (3) develop STEM-specific disciplinary content knowledge and practices that promote critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills needed for entering the STEM and ICT workforce of the future.

EIR Early Phase Grant
Agency: Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Deadline: Intent to Apply: 8/18/2020; Full Proposal Due: 9/10/2020
Submission Type: Full Proposal
Focus: The EIR program provides funding to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, fieldinitiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for highneed students; and rigorously evaluate such innovations. The EIR program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent education challenges and to support the expansion of those solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students.

IES: Education Research
Agency: IES
Deadline: 8/20/2020
Submission Type: Full Proposal
Focus: Program intends to provide national leadership in expanding knowledge and understanding of (1) developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for a disability, (2) education outcomes for all learners from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education, and (3) employment and wage outcomes when relevant (such as for those engaged in career and technical, postsecondary, or adult education). Total of 8 research competitions. Funding available for projects up to 5 years in length; funding amounts vary by organization (generally $100K-$700K).

Research Experiences for Teachers in Engineering and Computer Science
Agency: NSF
Deadline: 9/30/2020
Submission Type: Full Proposal
Focus: This program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) in-service and pre-service teachers, full-time community college faculty, university faculty and students, and industry partners to enhance the scientific disciplinary knowledge and capacity of the STEM teachers and/or community college faculty through participation in authentic summer research experiences with engineering and computer science faculty researchers. Partnerships with inner city, rural, or other high-needs schools are especially encouraged.

NASA Kansas Space Grant Consortium
Agency: NASA
Deadline: 10/1/2020
Submission Type: Full Proposal
Focus: The NASA Kansas Space Grant Consortium (KSGC) Teacher Workshop Program supports the development and implementation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educator workshops. NASA is especially interested into helping teachers bring NASA relevant material and content into middle-school classrooms.

EHR Core Research (recurring)
Agency: NSF
Deadline: 10/1/2020
Submission Type: Full Proposal
Focus: The EHR Core Research program (ECR) invites proposals for fundamental research (basic research or use-inspired basic research) that advances knowledge in one or more of the three Research Tracks: Research on STEM 1 Learning and Learning Environments, Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and Research on STEM Workforce Development.

NSF INCLUDES Alliances Grant (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science)
Agency: NSF
Deadline: 10/5/2020
Submission Type: LOI: (due 10/5/2020); Full Proposal 1/26/2021
Focus: Through this solicitation, NSF INCLUDES will support the establishment and growth of new Alliances that employ a collaborative infrastructure approach to address a critical broadening participation challenge in STEM at scale; anticipates funding up to three Alliances with a duration of five years ($1M-$2M per year); limited submission (1 per institution).

DRK-12
Agency: NSF
Deadline: 10/7/2020
Submission Type: Full Proposal
Focus: Proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing PreK-12 STEM education or proposals that include radical changes to current STEM structures. Normal limits for funding requests of DRK -12 proposals are as follows: (1) $450,000 with a duration of up to three years; (2) $3,000,000 with a duration of up to four years; and (3)$5,000,000 with a duration of up to five years.

Research Grants
Agency: AERA
Deadline: 10/10/2020
Submission Type: Full Proposal
Focus: The program supports highly competitive studies using rigorous quantitative methods to examine large-scale, education-related data. The Grants Program encourages proposals across the life span and contexts of education and learning of relevance to STEM policy and practice. Focus on large data sets and statistical analysis.

IUSE:GEOPaths
Agency: NSF
Deadline: LOI: 11/17/2020; Full Proposal: 1/26/2021
Submission Type: Letter of Intent + Full Proposal
Focus: IUSE:GEOPAths invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to education within the geosciences community through the formation of STEM Learning Ecosystems that engage students in the study of the Earth, its oceans, polar regions and atmosphere.  The primary goal of the IUSE:GEOPAths funding opportunity is to increase the number of students pursuing undergraduate and/or postgraduate degrees through the design and testing of novel approaches that engage students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience.


Partnership Grant Opportunities

IES: Using Longitudinal Data to Support State Education Policymaking
Agency: IES
Deadline: 5/28/2020 (LOI); 7/30/2020 (Full Proposal)
Submission Type: LOI: due 5/28/2020; Full Proposal: due 7/30/2020
Focus: The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) seeks to expand state education agencies’ use of their state longitudinal data systems (SLDS) to provide evidence for use when making policy decisions. State Education Agencies (SEA) can apply in collaboration with K-State. Max duration is 3 years; max amount is $1M. For the Using Data grant program, IES is interested in the following academic outcomes that fall into two categories: (1) learning and achievement and (2) successful progression through education systems.

ATE: Advanced Technological Education
Agency: NSF
Deadline: 10/1/2020
Submission Type: Full Proposal
Focus: With an emphasis on two-year Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions (grades 7-12, IHEs) and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary institution school levels. Supports curriculum development; PD of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways; and other activities. Award size subject to availability of funds and quality of proposal.


Ongoing Grant Opportunities

Large Research Grants on Education
Agency: Spencer Foundation
Deadlines: Letter of Intent– 6/18/2020; Full Proposal – 7/14/2020 (deadlines change but funding source available twice a year)
Focus: The Large Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets ranging from $125,000 to $500,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. We anticipate awarding grants with budgets across each of the following funding tiers: $125,000 to 250,000; $250,001 to $375,000; and $375,001 to $500,000. We accept Intent to Apply forms twice a year. Open-ended research that is "field-initiated."

Small Research Grants on Education
Agency: Spencer Foundation
Deadlines: Full Proposal – 7/1/2020 (deadlines change but funding source available twice a year)
Focus: The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. We accept applications three times per year. Open-ended research that is "field-initiated."

Proposals for Program Evaluations
Agency: Brady Education Foundation
Deadline: Funding cycles occur throughout the year
Focus: Currently interested in proposals focused on program evaluation; BEF's mission is to support programs that help close the achievement gaps associated with race and family income.