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  DoE: Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in the Education Sciences CFDA 84.305B

The Institute established the Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in the Education Sciences (Pre doctoral Training Program) in 2004 to prepare predoctoral fellows to conduct scientific research, develop competitive grant proposals to address relevant education topics, and meet the methodological requirements specified for the Institute's research grant competitions. Fellows who complete their training program should have the skills necessary to produce research that is rigorous in method as well as relevant and accessible to education stakeholders such as practitioners and policymakers. For FY 2014, Predoctoral Training Program grants will be awarded to institutions of higher education that create cohesive graduate programs in which predoctoral students will graduate within a traditional discipline (e.g., economics, psychology) and also will earn an Education Sciences Certificate. Predoctoral fellows are expected to conduct dissertations on education topics relevant to education in the United States. The proposed training programs should be interdisciplinary and involve a number of academic disciplines (e.g., economics, education, psychology, public policy, sociology, statistics, among others). The lead department may be any of the participating departments, but the focus must be on applied research in education. The training programs, as a whole, are expected to cover the range of the research topics and research goals used to organize the Institute's Education Research Grants program (84.305A). For FY 2014, the Institute is supporting research in 10 research topics: Cognition and Student Learning; Early Learning Programs and Policies; Education Technology; Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching; English Learners; Improving Education Systems: Policies, Organization, Management, and Leadership; Mathematics and Science Education; Postsecondary and Adult Education; Reading and Writing; and Social and Behaviora l Context for Academic Learning. For FY 2014, the Institute is supporting research in five research goals: Exploration (hypothesis-generating research based on analysis of primary and/or secondary data or on meta-analysis of existing studies); Development and Innovation (the development and piloting of new education interventions, e.g., curricula, instructional approaches, education programs and policies); Efficacy and Replication, and Effectiveness (the evaluation of the impact of education interventions on student outcomes); and Measurement (the development and validation of assessments).

USC may only submit one application in response to this program announcement. Your application submission MUST be coordinated with the Office of the Vice President for Research. Please send a two page abstract via email to Richard White ( by January 14, 2013. In addition to the 2-page abstract, you should also submit a biosketch for the PI.

DoE/IES indicates that a letter of intent is due on 06 Jun 2013 and a full proposal is due by 04 Sep 2013. For more information:
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