AERA Research Grants

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With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AERA Grants Program announces its Research Grants competition.

The program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies, and to increase the number of education researchers using these data sets.

The program supports research projects that are quantitative in nature, include the analysis of existing data from NCES, NSF or other federal agencies, and have U.S. education policy relevance.

AERA invites education-related dissertation proposals using NCES, NSF, and other federal data bases.

Research Grants are available for faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level researchers.

Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.

The Governing Board for the AERA Grants Program has established the following four strands of emphasis for proposals.

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that:

  • Develop or benefit from new quantitative measures or methodological approaches for addressing education issues
  • Include interdisciplinary teams with subject matter expertise, especially when studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning
  • Analyze TIMSS, PISA, or other international data resources
  • Include the integration and analysis of more than one data set

    Research projects related to at least one of the strands above and to science and/or mathematics education are especially encouraged.

    Other topics of interest include policies and practices related to student achievement in STEM, contextual factors in education, educational participation and persistence (kindergarten through graduate school), early childhood education, and postsecondary education.

    The research project must include the analysis of data from at least one of the large-scale, nationally or internationally representative data sets supported by NCES, NSF, or other federal agency, such as the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the National Institutes of Health.

    Additional data sets may be used in conjunction with the obligatory federal data set.

    If international data sets are used, the study must include U.S. education.


  • Applicants for Research Grants may be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or non-U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must have received the doctoral degree by the start date of the grant.
  • Researchers who have previously received a major award through the AERA Grants Program (i.e., AERA Research Grant as a PI or Co-PI, AERA Postdoctoral Fellowship, or AERA Fellowship) may not apply for a Research Grant.
  • Applicants who have received an AERA Dissertation Grant are eligible to apply for a Research Grant.
  • Dissertation Grant recipients must complete the Dissertation Grant before applying for a Research Grant.
  • Underrepresented minority researchers are strongly encouraged to apply. Awards:
  • Awards for Research Grants are up to $20,000 for 1-year projects, or up to $35,000 for 2-year projects.
  • In accordance with AERA's agreement with the funding agencies, institutions may not charge indirect costs or overhead on these awards.
  • Approximately 15 Research Grants will be awarded per year.

    Deadline: 1st September

    Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.

    For more information and application, visit: AERA Research Grants Website

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