US Department of Education (US ED) - Specific Requirements & Advice

Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs (2/12/18)

Grantmaking at ED
Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development and FAQs
(A report from the Institute of Educational Sciences/US ED and the National Science Foundation)

  • Guidance on building the evidence base in STEM learning
  • Provides guidelines for six types of education “research” projects
  • Overview of the nature, justification, evidence generation and so on for each project type

Cost Analysis Starter Kit

IES is committed to having its funded researchers conduct appropriate economic analysis as part of their studies. This has been a heavy lift for many of its applicants and grantees, since economic analysis requires a skill set that is different from what has been “traditionally” used or taught in graduate training programs in the education sciences.

For the last few years, IES has pushed to make economic analysis more commonly used by requiring it as part of many of our funded research projects. It has also been committed to providing more training materials to help the field meet the cost analysis requirements.

The Cost Analysis Starter Kit provides a three-phased approach to the basics of cost analysis. The Kit is designed to present information in a way that is accessible and user friendly for those who are new to the topic, are less experienced with it, or simply want a refresher.



Institute of Education Science (IES) - Resources for Researchers
Webinars, methodological resources, peer review process, available data sets, etc.

FY 2020 Research Funding Webinars  - on-demand webinars for those who are interested in Fiscal Year 2020 funding opportunities and in learning more about IES covering:

  • IES Basic Overview of Research Grants and Information for New Applicants to IES
  • IES Grant Writing Workshop
  • IES Application Process
  • Funding Opportunities for Minority Serving Institutions
  • Research Grants Focused on Systematic Replication
  • NCSER Research Training Programs in Special Education: Early Career Development and Mentoring
  • Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences
  • National Research and Development Centers


A New Year's Update from the Director of IES - January 8, 2020

Director Mark Schneider outlined how far IES has come and where the Institute will go in the future. His new blog is based on this discussion and is intended on providing the IES community with a sense of our progress and challenges.


UNH-developed US ED Proposal Development Tools and Resources

US ED Proposal Development Tools - Research Development Office

US ED Online Resources for Grant Seekers

Understanding Funding in the U.S. Department of Education – Presentation by Marjorie Piechowski