American Educational Research Association Research Grants

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American Educational Research Association Research Grants

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Educational Research Association (AERA) is delighted to announce AERA Research Grants. These grants are open for faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars.

The program supports highly competitive studies using rigorous quantitative methods to examine large-scale, education-related data. This research and training program is designed to advance knowledge and build research capacity in education and STEM education and learning.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Research Grants are available for faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars.
  • Applicants for this one-year or two-year, non-renewable award must have received their doctoral degree at the start of the award. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
  • Non ­U.S. citizens affiliated with a U.S. university or institution are also eligible to apply.
  • Underrepresented racial and ethnic minority researchers as well as women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • However, 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.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an online application form through the given link:


  • Proposals are encouraged from the full range of education research fields and other fields and disciplines engaged in education-related research, including economics, political science, psychology, sociology, demography, statistics, public policy, and psychometrics.
  • Researchers who have previously received Research Grants through the AERA Grants Program (as a PI or Co­PI) may not apply for a Research Grant.
  • The research project must include the analysis of large-scale data.
  • The dataset can originate from one or multiple sources, including (1) federal databases, (2) federally supported national studies, (3) international data sets supported by federal funds, or (4) statewide longitudinal administrative data systems (SLDS) enhanced through federal grants.
  • Reporting Requirements
  • Research Grantees will be required to submit a brief (3-6 pages) progress report midway through the grant period. A final report will be submitted at the end of the grant period.
  • The final report consists of an extended project abstract (3-6 pages) and a statement of research dissemination and communication activities and plans (1-3 pages).
  • Also, it is expected that a research manuscript in a journal-ready format will be submitted.
  • Grantees may produce research reports, research policy briefs, and presentations at professional meetings related to this research.
  • Materials should be submitted electronically to

Submission Requirements:

  • Enter the background information requested in the proposal submission portal.
  • This includes the principal investigator’s contact and background demographic information.
  • Also, enter the proposal title, amount of funding requested, and the start and end dates of the project.
  • Dataset(s) used: Name data set(s) used (e.g., ECLS­K, ELS: 2002, IPEDS, CCD, Add Health, SLDS-State, PISA, and so forth). Proposals must include the analysis of at least one large-scale federal, international, or state administrative data system.
  • Project abstract: Enter the abstract of your proposed research project (250 words maximum).
  • Contribution to the field: Briefly describe the potential contributions this research will make to the field of education (250 words maximum). You may cut and paste or type into the text box.
  • Previous work: Discuss how this project relates to your previous work, including your dissertation work. List any previous publications (200 words maximum).
  • The proposal must include the following:
    • Narrative:
    • Variables list: Provide a categorized list of the variables from the NCES, NSF, or other data set(s) that will be used in this research project. (2 single-spaced pages maximum)
    • References cited
    • Budget
    • Current other support
    • Principal and Co-Principal Investigator curriculum vitae (limited to 2 pages each)


  • Awards for Research Grants are up to $25,000 for 1­year projects, or
  • Up to $35,000 for 2­year projects.

Application Deadline:

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm Pacific time on October 17, 2018.

Apply Now

If you have questions regarding the application or submission process, Contact George L. Wimberly, Co-Principal Investigator, AERA Grants Program ( or 202-238-3200.

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