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IES Research Funding Opportunities Webinars
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) hosted a series of webinars to discuss research funding opportunities at the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER).

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National Center for Education Research (NCER) Funding Opportunities
Through its research initiatives and the national research and development centers, NCER engages in research activities that will result in the provision of high quality education for all children, improvement in student academic achievement, reduction in the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing students, and increased access to and opportunity for postsecondary education. NCER research examines the effectiveness of educational programs, practices, and policies, including the application of technology to instruction and assessment. The goal of NCER research programs is to provide scientific evidence of what works, for whom, and under what conditions.

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Regional Educational Laboratories (REL)
The Regional Educational Laboratory Program (REL) consists of a network of ten laboratories that serve the educational needs of a designated region by providing access to high quality scientifically valid education research through applied research and development projects, studies, and other related technical assistance activities.

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  • Fast Response Projects
    SEAs and LEAs can request technical assistance from their regional educational laboratories through fast response applied research and development projects that are focused on high priority education issues. These projects are, by design, short term, lasting no longer than twelve months, to ensure a fast turnaround. Issues are identified through ongoing regional needs assessments and primarily from requests from policymakers and educators at the state and local level. The regional educational laboratory may gather up recent data, studies, and reviews, or tap into state or district resources to provide a careful examination of findings. Those findings will be presented in such a way as to inform a decisionmaking process that is based on the best scientific evidence available.

National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER)
CALDER is a federally funded National Research and Development Center that capitalizes on longitudinal, individual-level student and teacher data across a number of states to investigate how state and local policies, especially teacher policies, governance policies, and accountability policies affect teachers (e.g., who teaches what students) and students (e.g., academic achievement and attainment).

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What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was established in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education. The WWC aims to promote informed education decisionmaking through a set of easily accessible databases and user-friendly reports that provide education consumers with high-quality reviews of the effectiveness of replicable educational interventions (programs, products, practices, and policies) that intend to improve student outcomes.

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