IES: Institute of Education Sciences
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Guide to the RFA (CFDA 84.902)

IES is presenting grant opportunities in a new format this year. To make it as easy as possible and less time consuming for the reader/applicant, this section identifies the major differences from last year's format and describes the consequent organization of information in this year's three (3) Requests For Applications (RFA's).

In FY2006, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) held a larger number of formal grant competitions, each one addressing a distinct topic area and each with its own RFA. Not only did the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) offer a National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) secondary analysis grant competition, there were also separate RFA's for Reading and Writing, Mathematics and Science Education, etc. Both the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) offered multiple, single-topic competitions.

In FY2007, IES is holding fewer formal grant competitions but addressing more topics. There are three competitions: this one, addressing NAEP secondary analyses (through NCES), one addressing education research (through NCER); and one addressing special education research (through NCSER). The education and special education competitions each encompass multiple, specific topic areas.

Last year each topic-specific RFA was self-contained. This year the NAEP RFA remains self-contained. The NCER and NCSER RFA's are organized into sections that contain information that is common to all topics and sections that contain topic-specific information.

This RFA (IES-NCES-2007-01) describes the NAEP secondary analysis research competition. Applications for this competition have an application transmittal deadline of July 27, 2006, and will be reviewed in the fall of 2006.

Also new this year are the forms for submitting applications electronically. Highlights of the forms will be available on the web no later than April 11, 2006.

Information on additional education research topics may be found in the IES-NCER-2007-01 RFA, and information special education research topics may be found in the IES-NCSER-2007-01 RFA. Topic-specific application transmittal deadlines are specified within these RFA's.

Suggested options for reading this RFA:

You may download the entire RFA as a .PDF file or you can navigate to particular sections of the RFA on line.

Of course, this RFA may be read start to finish, or you may want to start with Part III.

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