October 22, 2003
Institute of Education Sciences; Notice
Inviting Applications for Grants To
Support Education Research for Fiscal
Year (FY) 2004; Notice
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60608 Federal Register / Vol. 68, No. 204 / Wednesday, October 22, 2003 / Notices
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION The RFAs will be available— education practitioners and
(1) On or before October 22, 2003, for administrators reviews descriptions of a
[CFDA Nos. 84.305G, 84.305H, 84.305K, Cognition and Student Learning randomly selected sample of newly
84.305M, and 84.305E] Research; Mathematics and Science funded projects and rates the degree to
Institute of Education Sciences; Notice Education Research; Teacher Quality which the projects are relevant to
Research; and Reading Comprehension educational practice.
Inviting Applications for Grants To
and Reading Scale-up Research; and
Support Education Research for Fiscal Two indicators address the quality of
(2) On or before November 14, 2003,
Year (FY) 2004 new research publications, both print
for Research on Education Finance,
Leadership and Management. and web-based, which are the products
SUMMARY: The Director of the Institute of
Interested potential applicants should of funded research projects. First, an
Education Sciences (Institute)
periodically check the Institute’s Web external panel of eminent scientists
announces five FY 2004 competitions
for grants to support education research. site. reviews the quality of a randomly
The Director takes this action under the Information regarding selection selected sample of new publications,
Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 criteria and review procedures will also and the percentage of new publications
(Act), Title I of Pub. L. 107–279. The be posted at this Web site. that are deemed to be of high quality is
intent of these grants is to provide Fiscal Information: Although determined. Second, publications that
national leadership in expanding Congress has not enacted a final address causal questions are identified,
fundamental knowledge and appropriation for FY 2004, the Institute and are then reviewed to determine the
understanding of education from early is inviting applications for these percentage that employ randomized
childhood education through competitions now so that it may be experimental designs. As funded
postsecondary study. prepared to make awards following final research projects are completed, the
action on the Department’s Institute will subject the final reports to
appropriation bill. The President’s similar reviews.
Mission of Institute: A central purpose
Budget for the Institute for FY 2004 To evaluate impact, the Institute
of the Institute is to provide parents,
includes sufficient funding for all of the
educators, students, researchers, surveys a random sample of K–16
competitions included in this notice.
policymakers, and the general public policymakers and administrators once
The actual award of grants is pending
with reliable information about every 3 years to determine the
the availability of funds.
education practices that support percentage who report routinely
Applicable Regulations: The
learning and improve academic Education Department General considering evidence of effectiveness
achievement and access to education Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in before adopting educational products
opportunities for all students. In 34 CFR parts 74, 77, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86 and approaches.
carrying out its mission, the Institute (part 86 applies only to Institutions of
provides support for programs of Application Procedures
Higher Education), 97, 98, and 99. In
research in areas of demonstrated addition 34 CFR part 75 is applicable, The Government Paperwork
national need. except for the provisions in 34 CFR Elimination Act (GPEA) of 1998, (Pub.
Competitions in this notice: The 75.100, 75.101(b), 75.102, 75.103, L. 105–277) and the Federal Financial
Institute currently plans to support the 75.105, 75.109(a), 75.200, 75.201, Assistance Management Improvement
following competitions in FY 2004: 75.209, 75.210, 75.211, 75.217, 75.219, Act of 1999, (Pub. L. 106–107)
• Reading Comprehension and 75.220 and 75.230. encourage us to undertake initiatives to
Reading Scale-up Research;
improve our grant processes. Enhancing
• Cognition and Student Learning Performance Measures
the ability of individuals and entities to
Research; To evaluate the overall success of its conduct business with us electronically
• Mathematics and Science Education education research program, the is a major part of our response to these
Research; Institute of Education Sciences annually Acts. Therefore, we are taking steps to
• Teacher Quality Research; and assesses the quality and relevance of adopt the Internet as our chief means of
• Research on Education Finance, newly funded research projects, as well conducting transactions in order to
Leadership, and Management. as the quality of research publications improve services to our customers and
Additional competitions for FY 2004 that result from its funded research to simplify and expedite our business
may be announced later. projects. Two indicators address the
Eligible Applicants: Applicants that quality of new projects. First, an
have the ability and capacity to conduct external panel of eminent senior We are requiring that applications to
scientifically valid research are eligible scientists reviews the quality of a the FY 2004 competitions be submitted
to apply. Eligible applicants include, randomly selected sample of newly electronically to the following Web site:
but are not limited to, non-profit and funded research applications, and the http://ies.constellagroup.com.
for-profit organizations and public and percentage of new projects that are Information on the software to be
private agencies and institutions, such deemed to be of high quality is used in submitting applications will be
as colleges and universities. determined. Second, because much of available at the same Web site.
Request for Applications and Other the Institute’s work focuses on questions
Information: Information regarding of effectiveness, newly funded FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The
program and application requirements applications are evaluated to identify contact person and the deadline for
for each of the Institute’s competitions those that address causal questions and receipt of applications associated with a
is contained in the applicable Request then to determine what percentage of particular program of research is listed
for Applications package (RFA), which those projects use randomized field in the following chart and in the RFA
will be available at the following Web trials to answer the causal questions. To that will be posted at: http://
site: http://www.ed.gov/programs/ evaluate the relevance of newly funded www.ed.gov/programs/edresearch/
edresearch/applicant.html. research projects, a panel of experienced applicant.html.
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CFDA number and program of research receipt of For further information contact
84.305G Reading Comprehension and Reading January 8, 2004 ........ Elizabeth Albro, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
84.305H Cognition and Student Learning Re- January 8, 2004 ........ Elizabeth Albro, E-mail: email@example.com.
84.305K Mathematics and Science Education January 8, 2004 ........ Heidi Schweingruber—E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
84.305M Teacher Quality Research .................... January 8, 2004 ........ Harold Himmelfarb—E-mail: email@example.com.
84.305E Research on Education Finance, Lead- February 5, 2004 ....... Jon Oberg—E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ership, and Management.
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