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                                                                                            Part VI

                                                                                            Department of
                                                                                            Education
                                                                                            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
      SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                                                               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
                                                                                                                     processes.
         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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                                 Federal Register / Vol. 68, No. 204 / Wednesday, October 22, 2003 / Notices                                               60609

                                                                         Deadline for
            CFDA number and program of research                           receipt of                               For further information contact
                                                                         applications

      84.305G Reading Comprehension and Reading                    January 8, 2004 ........    Elizabeth Albro, E-mail: elizabeth.albro@ed.gov.
        Scale-up Research.
      84.305H Cognition and Student Learning Re-                   January 8, 2004 ........    Elizabeth Albro, E-mail: elizabeth.albro@ed.gov.
        search.
      84.305K Mathematics and Science Education                    January 8, 2004 ........    Heidi Schweingruber—E-mail: heidi.schweingruber@ed.gov.
        Research.
      84.305M Teacher Quality Research ....................        January 8, 2004 ........    Harold Himmelfarb—E-mail: harold.himmelfarb@ed.gov.
      84.305E Research on Education Finance, Lead-                 February 5, 2004 .......    Jon Oberg—E-mail: jon.oberg@ed.gov.
        ership, and Management.



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