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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, For-Profit, IHE, or Agency for Research on the Special Education Teacher Workforce

Special Education Research and Development Center Program


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Funding Source
Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
CFDA Number: 84.324
Funding or PIN Number: ED-GRANTS-072023-004
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 10/12/23
Deadline: 01/11/24 11:59 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit or for-profit organization, IHE, or agency to conduct research and collect data regarding the special education teacher workforce. Funding is intended to understand the special education teacher pipeline, to disseminate research findings, and to conduct relevant national leadership activities.

Research and Development (R&D) Centers conduct focused, scientific research on key education issues facing the nation. Through the Special Education R&D Center Program, researchers tackle complex special education problems and develop innovative solutions by engaging in research, development, evaluation, and national leadership activities aimed at improving the education system and, ultimately, student achievement.

For FY 2024, NCSER is accepting applications for a R&D Center on the K-12 Special Education Teacher Workforce (Teacher Workforce Center). The overarching goal of the Teacher Workforce Center is to provide national leadership on issues affecting the special education teacher workforce. Specifically, the R&D Center will be responsible for

  1. Conducting research that will lead to a better understanding of the special education teacher pipeline and the role of specific programs and policies in shaping the special education teacher workforce and subsequent student and teacher outcomes.
  2. Providing national leadership and building capacity by engaging in dialogue with researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other key stakeholders in the special education community to improve research, practice, and policy; developing recommendations and/or products to improve data collection on the special education teacher workforce and facilitate further research; disseminating research findings; and training and mentoring doctoral students and early career investigators to conduct research focused on the special education teacher workforce.
  3. Conducting supplemental, just-in-time research and/or national leadership activities based on emerging needs of state education leaders and the broader field.

Purpose, Requirements, and Recommendations:


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • 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
Institutions that have the ability and capacity to conduct rigorous research are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, non-profit and for-profit organizations and public and private agencies and institutions, such as colleges and universities.

IES is interested in broadening institutional participation in its research grant programs. IES encourages applications from minority-serving institutions (MSIs) that meet the eligibility criteria in this RFA. 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.

Federal grant funds cannot be used to pay for alcoholic beverages or entertainment, which includes costs for amusement, diversion, and social activities. In general, federal funds may not be used to pay for food. A grantee hosting a meeting or conference may not use grant funds to pay for food for conference attendees unless doing so is necessary to accomplish legitimate meeting or conference business.

Pre-Application Information
- Letter of Intent Due: October 12, 2023
- Application Package Available: September 21, 2023
- Application Deadline: 111:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 11, 2024
- Possible Start Dates: August 1 – September 1, 2024

The LOI is non-binding and optional but strongly recommended. If you submit an LOI, a program officer will contact you regarding your proposed research. IES staff also use the information in the LOI to identify the expertise needed for the scientific peer review panel and to secure a sufficient number of reviewers to handle the anticipated number of applications.

Applications must be submitted electronically and received no later than the deadline through the internet using the software provided on

Approximately one to two weeks after the application deadline, invitation emails are sent to applicants who have never applied to IES before to create their individual PRIMO ANS accounts. Both the PI and the AOR will receive invitation emails. Approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline, all applicants (new and existing ANS users) will begin to receive a series of emails about the status of their application.

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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
IES intends to fund no more than one R&D Center through this competition.

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum cost for a Teacher Workforce Center award is $5,000,000 (total cost = direct costs + indirect costs).
- No more than 70 percent of the total budget (direct costs + indirect costs) may be allocated to the focused program of research.
- $250,000 must be reserved for supplementary studies to be designed in collaboration with IES.

Term of Contract
The maximum duration of a Teacher Workforce Center is 5 years.

Contact Information
Submit LOI online:

Dr. Katherine (Katie) Taylor
(202) 987-0071

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