Search for Funding
Funding Sources Databases
Various resources to assist faculty in identifying and locating funding sources for research opportunities are listed below. These databases may include different funding opportunities, so you should use all that seem relevant to your interests
SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network) is an up-to-date listing of national and international government and private funding sources. It is the No. 1 database of its kind and is used by more than 800 colleges, universities and industry clients worldwide. SPIN has information on more than 1,200 sponsoring agencies and 11,000 separate funding opportunities. It also provides listings of upcoming deadlines and allows you to customize your own e-mail notifications of funding information.
Download a handout on using SPIN.
This site is maintained by the federal government and allows you to search for government - wide grant opportunities.
School grants provides a comprehensive index of grants available for educational research. Funding opportunities are categorized into the following groupings: federal, regional, state, and those with and without deadlines. This site also has links to some successful proposals.
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AERA Grants Program has a Research Grants competition that seeks to:
- Stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international datasets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), National Science Foundation, and other federal agencies
- Increase the number of education researchers using these data sets.
The program supports quantitative research projects that incorporate analysis of existing data from NCES, NSF or other federal agencies and have U.S. education policy relevance.
The Spencer Foundation awards grants that fit within one or more of these four areas of inquiry:
- The relation between education and social opportunity
- Organizational learning in schools, school systems, and higher education institutions
- Teaching, learning, and instructional resources
- Purposes and values of education
The Foundation will also continue to provide an opportunity to submit field-initiated proposals outside these areas. The Spencer Foundation has two grants programs:
- Small Grant Proposals (budget less than $40,000)
- Major Grant Proposals (budget from $40,000 to $350,000)
- Education Research Programs (84.305A)
- Special Education Research Programs (84.324A)
- Statistical and Research Methodology in Education (84.305D)
- Special Education Initiative: Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with Learning Disabilities Research Initiative (84.324D) NEW
- Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies (84.305E)
- Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research (84.305H) NEW
- Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences (84.305B)
- Research Training Program in Special Education (84.324B)
- Basic Overview: IES staff provide a general overview of IES, NCSER and NCER research topics, the IES goal structure, and the peer review process.
Thursday, July 19, 2012, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
- Application Process: IES staff explain the grant submission process and the application instructions package, including content and formatting requirements, human subjects clearance, and application forms.
For the June 2012 deadline:
Monday, May 7, 2012, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
Friday, May 11, 2012, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
For the September 2012 deadline:
Thursday, August 2, 2012, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
- Grant Writing Workshop: IES staff will provide more in-depth information about current requests for applications and the IES goal structure.
Thursday, July 12, 2012, 1:00 - 3:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
- Grant Writing Workshop for Early Career Investigators:IES staff will provide more in-depth information about preparing current requests for applications and the IES goal structure. This workshop is tailored to early career investigators and will address processes of developing an application.
Friday, April 20, 2012, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
- Grant Writing Workshop for Development and Innovation Projects: IES staff will provide in-depth information on preparing a Development and Innovation (Goal 2) application. Topics include methodological requirements for the Development and Innovation goal and developing a research plan.
Monday, April 30, 2012, 10:00 - 11:30 am, Eastern Daylight Time
- Grant Writing Workshop for Efficacy and Replication Projects and Effectiveness Projects: During this workshop, IES staff will provide in-depth information on preparing Efficacy and Replication (Goal 3) applications and Effectiveness (Goal 4) applications. Topics will include methodological requirements for both goals and developing a research plan.
The Grant Writing Workshop for Efficacy and Replication Projects and Effectiveness Projects is scheduled for:
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time.
- Grant Writing Workshop for Measurement Projects: IES staff will provide in-depth information on preparing a Measurement (Goal 5) application. Topics will include methodological requirements for the Measurement goal and developing a research plan.
Monday, April 23, 2012, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
- Overview of the Researcher and Policy-Maker Training Program: IES staff will provide an overview of the Researcher and Policy-Maker Training Program, and the requirements for training projects aimed at researchers and those aimed at policymakers and practitioners. IES staff will also discuss training plan development and the grant review criteria.
Friday, May 18, 2012, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
- Overview of the Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences: IES staff will provide an overview of requirements for the Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences (84.305B), established to increase the supply of scientists and researchers in education prepared to conduct rigorous and relevant education research addressing issues that are important to education leaders and practitioners.
Friday, May 25, 2012, 12:00 - 1:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
- Overview: Funding Opportunities for Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research: IES staff will provide an overview of the Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research grant program, which supports partnerships between research institutions and state or local education agencies that identify one of the education agency's high-priority education issues, carry out initial data analyses, develop a plan for further research, and apply to one of the Institute's research grant programs. Webinar topics will include requirements for the researcher-practitioner partnerships, research plan development, and the grant review criteria.
Friday, May 25, 2012, 2:30 - 4:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
- Overview of the National Center for Special Education Research: NCSER staff will provide an overview of the special education research investments and current initiatives. Topics will include investments by program topic, investments by disability and grade level, and current funding initiatives.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
Monday, June 18, 2012, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
- Overview: Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with Learning Disabilities Research Initiative: NCSER staff will discuss the current research initiative focusing on accelerating the academic achievement of students with learning disabilities. Topics will include reviewing the goals of the initiative, methodological requirements, and logistical considerations.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
Thursday, June 21, 2012, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
- Overview: Early Career Development and Mentoring Program in Special Education Research: NCSER staff will discuss the requirements for submitting an application to this early career development initiative. Topics will include the eligibility criteria, application preparation, and research plan preparation.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 10:00am - 11:30am, Eastern Daylight Time
Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
Funding Opportunities for Research and Research Training
The Institute of Education Sciences' overarching priority is research that contributes to school readiness and improved academic achievement for all students, particularly for those whose education prospects are hindered by inadequate education services and conditions associated with poverty, race/ethnicity, limited English proficiency, disability, and family circumstance. Please read an Overview of IES Research and Research Training Grant Programs for background information before proceeding. Note that not all IES research and research training programs are offered each funding year and that the requirements for research and research training programs may change from year to year.
The FY 2012 Research and Research Training competitions are now closed. For FY 2013, the Institute supports the following research and research training programs (announced in the Federal Register on March 6, 2012).
Research Training Programs
Other IES Funding Opportunities
Note: For FY 2013, the Institute does not anticipate offering the Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in the Education Sciences (84.305B), the Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Special Education (84.324B), the National Research and Development Centers (84.305C), or the Special Education Research and Development Centers (84.324C).
Research Funding Webinars
The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER) within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) hosts a series of webinars related to research funding opportunities. Please register for the webinars using the links below.
Slides from previous webinars discussing research funding opportunities are available to online viewing..
Grant Writing Overviews
Grant Writing Workshops for General Education and Special Education Programs
Overviews of Specific Funding Opportunities
- Phase I: Proposal Preparation and Submission
- Phase II: Proposal Review and Processing
- Phase III: Award Processing
- Non-Award Decisions and Transactions
- Merit Review Facts
- Why You Should Volunteer to Serve As An NSF Reviewer
- Additional Resources
- If you have more questions regarding the NSF Merit Review Process or proposal submission and preparation, please contact NSF by email: email@example.com or by phone: (703) 292-8243.
- Advanced Technological Education (ATE)
- Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and in Education and Human Resources (BCC-SBE/EHR)
- Cooperative Activity with Department of Energy Programs for Education and Human Resource Development (Request for Supplement)
- Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12)
- Informal Science Education (ISE) (AISL)
- Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
- Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME)
- Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE)
- Research in Disabilities Education (RDE)
- Transforming STEM Learning (TSL)
Merit Review Process
Through its merit review process, the National Science Foundation (NSF) ensures that proposals submitted are reviewed in a fair, competitive, transparent, and in-depth manner. The merit review process is described in detail in Part I of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG): the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). The GPG provides guidance for the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF. To help you better understand the NSF merit review process as well as identify resources for additional information please click on the links below