Applications for New Awards; Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs, 13297-13304 [2012-5412]

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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 44 / Tuesday, March 6, 2012 / Notices future funding requests. Data from the form has been used to evaluate the effectiveness of eligible systems within individual states in meeting annual priorities and objectives. These data also have been used to indicate trends in the provision of services from year to year. Copies of the proposed information collection request may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ‘‘Browse Pending Collections’’ link and by clicking on link number 04820. When you access the information collection, click on ‘‘Download Attachments’’ to view. Written requests for information should be addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537. Requests may also be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202– 401–0920. Please specify the complete title of the information collection and OMB Control Number when making your request. 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The Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L.104–13). DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before May 7, 2012. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:56 Mar 05, 2012 Jkt 226001 Written comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements should be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or mailed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. ADDRESSES: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that Federal agencies provide interested parties an early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. The Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management, publishes this notice containing proposed information collection requests at the beginning of the Departmental review of the information collection. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: February 29, 2012. Tomakie Washington, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Type of Review: Revision. Title of Collection: Annual State Application Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as Amended in 2004. OMB Control Number: 1820–0030. Agency Form Number(s): ED 9055. Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov’t, SEAs or LEAs. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 60. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 840. Abstract: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, signed on December 3, 2004, became Public Law (Pub. L.) 108–446. In accordance with 20 U.S.C. 1412(a) a State is eligible for assistance under Part B for a fiscal year if the State submits a plan that provides PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13297 assurances to the Secretary that the State has in effect policies and procedures to ensure that the State meets each of the conditions found in 20 U.S.C. 1412. Information Collection 1820–0030 is being extended so that a State can provide assurances that it either has or does not have in effect policies and procedures to meet the eligibility requirements of Part B of the Act as found in Public Law 108–446. Information Collection 1820–0030 corresponds with 34 CFR sections 300.100–176; 300.199; 300.640–645; and 300.705. These sections include the requirement that the Secretary and local educational agencies located in the State be notified of any State-imposed rule, regulation, or policy that is not required by this title and Federal regulations. Copies of the proposed information collection request may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ‘‘Browse Pending Collections’’ link and by clicking on link number 04816. When you access the information collection, click on ‘‘Download Attachments’’ to view. Written requests for information should be addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Washington, DC 20202–4537. Requests may also be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or faxed to 202– 401–0920. Please specify the complete title of the information collection and OMB Control Number when making your request. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8339. [FR Doc. 2012–5375 Filed 3–5–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Applications for New Awards; Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs Institute of Education Sciences. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Overview Information: Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs. Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2013. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers: 84.305A, 84.305B, 84.305D, 84.305E, 84.305H, 84.324A, 84.324B, and 84.324D. The Director of the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) announces the Institute’s FY 2013 competitions for grants to support SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1 13298 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 44 / Tuesday, March 6, 2012 / Notices education research and special education research. The Director takes this action under the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002. The Institute’s purpose in awarding these grants is to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for disability, and of education outcomes for all students from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education. DATES: The dates when applications are available and the deadlines for transmittal of applications invited under this notice are indicated in the chart at the end. Full Text of Announcement pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The central purpose of the Institute’s research grant programs is to provide parents, educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students. In carrying out its grant programs, the Institute provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need. Competitions in this Notice: The Institute will conduct 10 research competitions in FY 2013 through two of its National Education Centers. The Institute’s National Center for Education Research (NCER) will hold six competitions: two competitions for education research; one competition for education research training; one competition for research on statistical and research methodology in education; one competition for evaluation of State and local education programs and policies; and one competition for researcher-practitioner partnerships in education research. The Institute’s National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) will hold four competitions: two competitions for special education research; one competition for special education research training; and one competition for a new Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with Disabilities Research Initiative. NCER Competitions The Education Research Competitions. Under these two competitions, NCER will consider only applications that address one of the following education research topics: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:56 Mar 05, 2012 Jkt 226001 • • • • Cognition and Student Learning Early Learning Programs and Policies Education Technology Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching • English Learners • Improving Education Systems: Policies, Organization, Management, and Leadership • Mathematics and Science Education • Postsecondary and Adult Education • Reading and Writing • Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning The Education Research Training Competition. Under this competition, NCER will consider only applications that address one of the following two topics: • Postdoctoral Research Training • Researcher and Policymaker Training The Research on Statistical and Research Methodology in Education Competition. Under this competition, NCER will consider only applications that address research on statistical and research methodology in education. The Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies Competition. Under this competition, NCER will consider only applications that address the evaluation of State and local education programs and policies. The Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research Competition. Under this competition, NCER will consider only applications that address the partnering of researchers with State and local education agencies in the development of joint research projects. NCSER Competitions The Special Education Research Competitions. Under these two competitions, NCSER will consider only applications that address one of the following special education research topics: • Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education • Reading, Writing, and Language Development • Mathematics and Science Education • Social and Behavioral Outcomes to Support Learning • Transition Outcomes for Special Education Secondary Students • Cognition and Student Learning in Special Education • Professional Development for Teachers and Related Services Providers • Special Education Policy, Finance, and Systems • Autism Spectrum Disorders • Technology for Special Education • Families of Children with Disabilities PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Special Education Research Training Competition. Under this competition, NCSER will consider only applications that address the following topic: • Early Career Development and Mentoring in Special Education Research The Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with Disabilities Research Initiative Competition. Under this competition, NCSER will consider only applications that address the acceleration of reading and mathematics achievement of students with disabilities. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 9501 et seq. Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 77, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. In addition, 34 CFR part 75 is applicable, except for the provisions in 34 CFR 75.100, 75.101(b), 75.102, 75.103, 75.105, 75.109(a), 75.200, 75.201, 75.209, 75.210, 75.211, 75.217(a)–(c), 75.219, 75.220, 75.221, 75.222, and 75.230. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of higher education only. II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grants and cooperative agreements. Fiscal Information: Although Congress has not yet enacted an appropriation for fiscal year 2013, the Institute is inviting applications for these competitions now so that it may give applicants adequate time to prepare their applications this spring before the first round of competitions takes place. The Department may announce additional topics later in 2012. The actual award of grants will depend on the availability of funds. The size of the awards will depend on the scope of the projects proposed. The number of awards made under each competition will depend on the quality of the applications received for that competition, the availability of funds, and the following limits on awards for specific competitions and topics set by the Institute. For the National Center for Education Research’s Education Research Training competition, no more than five grants will be awarded under the Postdoctoral Research Training topic, and no more than three grants will be awarded under the Researcher and Policymaker Training topic. For the National Center for Special Education Research’s Education Research Training competition, no more E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 44 / Tuesday, March 6, 2012 / Notices than ten grants will be awarded under the Early Career Development and Mentoring in Special Education Research topic. For the National Center for Special Education Research’s Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with Disabilities Research Initiative competition, no more than three grants will be awarded. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: Applicants that have the ability and capacity to conduct scientifically valid research are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, non-profit and for-profit organizations and public and private agencies and institutions, such as colleges and universities. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: These programs do not require cost sharing or matching. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Request for Applications and Other Information: Information regarding program and application requirements for the competitions will be contained in the NCER and NCSER Requests for Applications (RFAs), which will be available at the following Web site: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/. RFAs Available: The RFAs for the Education Research, Special Education Research, Education Research Training, Special Education Research Training, Research on Statistical and Research Methodology in Education, and the Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies competitions will be available at the Web site listed above on or before March 9, 2012. The RFAs for the Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research and the Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with Disabilities Research Initiative competitions will be available at the Web site listed above on or before March 23, 2012. The dates on which the application packages for these competitions will be available are indicated in the chart at the end of this notice. Information regarding selection criteria, requirements concerning the content of an application, and review procedures for the competitions are in the RFAs. The RFAs also include information on the maximum award available under each grant competition. We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding the relevant maximum award. The Director of the Institute may change the maximum amount through a notice in the Federal Register. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:56 Mar 05, 2012 Jkt 226001 2. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: The deadline dates for transmittal of applications invited under this notice are indicated in the chart at the end of this notice and in the RFAs for the competitions. 3. Submission Requirements: Each competition will have its own application. Applications for grants under these competitions must be obtained from and submitted electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). For information (including dates and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, please refer to section V. 1. Electronic Submission of Applications in this notice. We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements. Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VIII of this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the application process, the individual’s application remains subject to all other requirements and limitations in this notice. 4. Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification Number, and Central Contractor Registry: To do business with the Department of Education, you must— a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN); b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR), the Government’s primary registrant database; c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and d. Maintain an active CCR registration with current information while your application is under review by the Department and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period. You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet (http:// fedgov.dnb.com/webform). A DUNS number can be created within one business day. If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service. If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service or the Social Security Administration. If you need a new TIN, PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13299 please allow 2–5 weeks for your TIN to become active. The CCR registration process may take five or more business days to complete. If you are currently registered with the CCR, you may not need to make any changes. However, please make certain that the TIN associated with your DUNS number is correct. Also note that you will need to update your CCR registration on an annual basis. This may take three or more business days to complete. In addition, if you are submitting your application via Grants.gov, you must (1) be designated by your organization as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR); and (2) register yourself with Grants.gov as an AOR. Details on these steps are outlined at the following Grants.gov Web page: www.grants.gov/ applicants/get_registered.jsp. V. Submission of Applications Applications for grants under these competitions must be submitted electronically unless you qualify for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the instructions in this section. 1. Electronic Submission of Applications Applications for grants under the Education Research, Education Research Training, Research on Statistical and Research Methodology in Education, Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies, and ResearcherPractitioner Partnerships competitions, CFDA Numbers 84.305A, 84.305B, 84.305D, 84.305E, and 84.305H and for grants under the Special Education Research, Special Education Research Training, and the Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with Disabilities Research Initiative competitions, CFDA Numbers 84.324A, 84.324B, and 84.324D must be submitted electronically using the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at www.Grants.gov. Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may not email an electronic copy of a grant application to us. We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that is two weeks E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1 pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 13300 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 44 / Tuesday, March 6, 2012 / Notices before the application deadline date is provided later in this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement. You may access the electronic grant applications for the Education Research, Education Research Training, Research on Statistical and Research Methodology in Education, Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies, Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships, Special Education Research, Special Education Research Training, and the Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with Disabilities Research Initiative competitions at www.Grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable application package for each competition by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.324, not 84.324A). Please note the following: • When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find information about submitting an application electronically through the site, as well as the hours of operation. • Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as otherwise noted in this section, we will not accept your application if it is received—that is, date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system—after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements. When we retrieve your application from Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application because it was date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. • The amount of time it can take to upload an application will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the size of the application and the speed of your Internet connection. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the submission process through Grants.gov. • You should review and follow the Education Submission Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are included in the application package for the competition to ensure that you submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov system. You can also find the Education Submission Procedures VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:56 Mar 05, 2012 Jkt 226001 pertaining to Grants.gov under News and Events on the Department’s G5 system home page at http://www.G5.gov. • You will not receive additional point value because you submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your application in paper format. • You must submit all documents electronically, including all information you typically provide on the following forms: Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424 Research & Related (R&R)) and the other R&R forms including, Project Performance Site Locations, Other Project Information, Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded), Research and Related Budget (Total Federal and Non-Federal), and all necessary assurances and certifications. • You must upload any narrative sections and all other attachments to your application as files in a PDF (Portable Document) read-only, nonmodifiable format. Do not upload an interactive or fillable PDF file. If you upload a file type other than a readonly, non-modifiable PDF or submit a password-protected file, we will not review that material. • Your electronic application must comply with any page-limit requirements described in this notice. • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department.) The Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send a second notification to you by email. This second notification indicates that the Department has received your application and has assigned your application a PR/Award number (an EDspecified identifying number unique to your application). • We may request that you provide us original signatures on forms at a later date. Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov Support Desk, toll free, at 1–800–518–4726. You must obtain a Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it. If you are prevented from electronically submitting your application on the application deadline date because of technical problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 an extension until 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to enable you to transmit your application electronically or by hand delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing instructions described elsewhere in this notice. If you submit an application after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VIII of this notice and provide an explanation of the technical problem you experienced with Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number. We will accept your application if we can confirm that a technical problem occurred with the Grants.gov system and that that problem affected your ability to submit your application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The Department will contact you after a determination is made on whether your application will be accepted. Note: The extensions to which we refer in this section apply only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed to fully register to submit your application to Grants.gov before the application deadline date and time or if the technical problem you experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system. Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application through the Grants.gov system because–– • You do not have access to the Internet; or • You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to the Grants.gov system; and • No later than two weeks before the application deadline date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception prevent you from using the Internet to submit your application. If you mail your written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If you fax your written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 44 / Tuesday, March 6, 2012 / Notices Address and mail or fax your statement to: Ellie McCutcheon, U.S. Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue NW., Room 602e, Washington, DC 20208. FAX: (202) 219– 1466. Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice. 2. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier) your application to the Department. You must mail the original and two copies of your application, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number: [Identify the CFDA number, including suffix letter, if any, for the competition under which you are submitting an application.]), LBJ Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20202– 4260. You must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following: (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark. (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the U.S. Postal Service. (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial carrier. (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do not accept either of the following as proof of mailing: (1) A private metered postmark. (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service. If your application is postmarked after the application deadline date, we will not consider your application. Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your local post office. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 3. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, you (or a courier service) may deliver your paper application to the Department by hand. You must deliver the original and two copies of your application by hand, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the following VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:56 Mar 05, 2012 Jkt 226001 address: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number: [Identify the CFDA number, including suffix letter, if any, for the competition under which you are submitting an application.]), 550 12th Street SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–4260. The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays. Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail or hand deliver your application to the Department— (1) You must indicate on the envelope and—if not provided by the Department—in Item 10 of the SF 424 (R&R) the CFDA number, including suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are submitting your application; and (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not receive this notification within 15 business days from the application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 245–6288. VI. Application Review Information 1. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as the applicant’s use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or submitted a report of unacceptable quality. In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary also requires various assurances including those applicable to Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department of Education (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23). 2. Special Conditions: Under 34 CFR 74.14 and 80.12, the Secretary may impose special conditions on a grant if the applicant or grantee is not financially stable; has a history of unsatisfactory performance; has a financial or other management system that does not meet the standards in 34 CFR parts 74 or 80, as applicable; has not fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not responsible. PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13301 VII. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award Notification (GAN). We may notify you informally, also. If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, we notify you. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify administrative and national policy requirements in the application package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also incorporates your approved application as part of your binding commitments under the grant. 3. Grant Administration: Applicants should budget for a three-day meeting for project directors to be held in Washington, DC. 4. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under one of the competitions announced in this notice, you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b). (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final performance report, including financial information, as directed by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an annual performance report that provides the most current performance and financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, please go to www.ed.gov/ fund/grant/apply/appforms/ appforms.html. 5. Performance Measures: To evaluate the overall success of its education research grant program, the Institute annually assesses the number of IESsupported interventions with evidence of efficacy in improving student outcomes including school readiness, academic outcomes (reading, writing, mathematics, and science), high school graduation and dropout, postsecondary enrollment and completion, and in enhancing teacher characteristics that have been shown to have a positive effect on student outcomes. For the E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1 13302 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 44 / Tuesday, March 6, 2012 / Notices special education research grant program, the Institute annually assesses the number of IES-supported interventions with evidence of efficacy in improving student outcomes in early learning, academics, and behavior. The data for these annual measures are based on What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews of initial findings on interventions from IES research grants, such as findings that will have been presented as papers at a convention or working papers provided to IES by its grantees. The WWC reviews these reports and rates them using the WWC published standards to determine whether the evidence from these research grants meets evidence standards of the WWC and demonstrates a statistically significant positive effect in improving the relevant outcome. The Institute also annually assesses the performance of its research training and special education research training programs by measuring the number of individuals who have been or are being trained in IES-funded research training programs and the number of fellows working in the field of education after they have completed the training program. 6. Continuation Awards: In making a continuation award, the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.253, the extent to which a grantee has made ‘‘substantial progress toward meeting the objectives in its approved application.’’ This consideration includes the review of a grantee’s progress in meeting the targets and projected outcomes in its approved application, and whether the grantee has expended funds in a manner that is consistent with its approved application and budget. In making a continuation grant, the Secretary also considers whether the grantee is operating in compliance with the assurances in its approved application, including those applicable to Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23). VIII. Agency Contact The contact person associated with a particular research competition is listed in the chart at the end of this notice and in the RFA package. The date on which applications will be available, the deadline for transmittal of applications, the estimated range of awards, and the project period are also listed in the chart and in the RFAs that are posted at the following Web sites: http://ies.ed.gov/ funding/. www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ ies/programs.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the RFA package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to the appropriate program contact person listed in the chart at the end of this notice. Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site. You may also access documents of the Department published in the Federal Register by using the article search feature at: www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department. Dated: March 1, 2012. John Q. Easton, Director, Institute of Education Sciences. INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION SCIENCES [FY 2013 grant competitions to support education research and special education research] Application package available CFDA No. and name Deadline for transmittal of applications Estimated range of awards * Project period For further information contact National Center for Education Research (NCER) April 19, 2012 .. June 21, 2012 ........... $100,000 to $1,000,000 Up to 5 years ....... Emily Doolittle, Emily.Doolittle@ed.gov D Reading and Writing. D Mathematics and Science Education. D Cognition and Student Learning. D Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching. D Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning. D Improving Education Systems: Policies, Organization, Management, and Leadership. D Early Learning Programs and Policies. D English Learners. D Postsecondary and Adult Education. D Education Technology. 84.305A–2 Education Research ............. July 19, 2012 .. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 84.305A–1 Education Research ............. September 20, 2012 .. $100,000 to $1,000,000 Up to 5 years ....... Emily Doolittle Emily.Doolittle@ed.gov D Reading and Writing. D Mathematics and Science Education. D Cognition and Student Learning. D Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching. D Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning. D Improving Education Systems: Policies, Organization, Management, and Leadership. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:56 Mar 05, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1 13303 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 44 / Tuesday, March 6, 2012 / Notices INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION SCIENCES—Continued [FY 2013 grant competitions to support education research and special education research] Application package available CFDA No. and name D Early Learning Programs and Policies. D English Learners. D Postsecondary and Adult Education. D Education Technology. 84.305B Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences. D Postdoctoral Research Training Program. D Researcher and Policymaker Training Program. 84.305D Research on Statistical and Research Methodology in Education. 84.305E Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies. 84.305H Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research. Deadline for transmittal of applications Estimated range of awards * Project period July 19, 2012 .. September 20, 2012 .. $50,000 to $300,000 ...... Up to 5 years ....... Meredith Larson, Meredith.Larson@ed.gov July 19, 2012 .. September 20, 2012 .. $40,000 to $300,000 ...... Up to 3 years ....... April 19, 2012 .. June 21, 2012 ........... $200,000 to $1,000,000 Up to 5 years ....... July 19, 2012 .. September 20, 2012 .. $100,000 to $400,000 .... Up to 3 years ....... Phill Gagne, Phill.Gagne@ed.gov Allen Ruby, Allen.Ruby@ed.gov Allen Ruby, Allen.Ruby@ed.gov For further information contact National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) 84.324A–1 Special Education Research pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES D Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education. D Reading, Writing, and Language Development. D Mathematics and Science Education. D Social and Behavioral Outcomes to Support Learning. D Transition Outcomes for Special Education Secondary Students. D Cognition and Student Learning in Special Education. D Professional Development for Teachers and Related Services Providers. D Special Education Policy, Finance, and Systems. D Autism Spectrum Disorders. D Technology for Special Education. D Families of Children with Disabilities. 84.324A–2 Special Education Research D Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education. D Reading, Writing, and Language Development. D Mathematics and Science Education. D Social and Behavioral Outcomes to Support Learning. D Transition Outcomes for Special Education Secondary Students. D Cognition and Student Learning in Special Education. D Professional Development for Teachers and Related Services Providers. D Special Education Policy, Finance, and Systems. D Autism Spectrum Disorders. D Technology for Special Education. D Families of Children with Disabilities. 84.324B Special Education Research Training. D Early Career Development and Mentoring Program in Special Education Research. 84.324D Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with Disabilities Research Initiative. April 19, 2012 .. June 21, 2012 ........... $100,000 to $1,000,000 Up to 5 years ....... Jacquelyn Buckley, Jacquelyn.Buckley@ed.gov July 19, 2012 .. September 20, 2012 .. $100,000 to $1,000,000 Up to 5 years ....... Jacquelyn Buckley, Jacquelyn.Buckley@ed.gov July 19, 2012 .. September 20, 2012 .. $50,000 to $100,000 ...... Up to 5 years ....... Amy Sussman, Amy.Sussman@ed.gov July 19, 2012 .. September 20, 2012 .. $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 Up to 5 years ....... Kristen Lauer, Kristen.Lauer@ed.gov * These estimates are annual amounts. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Note: If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a test telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1-800–877–8339. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:56 Mar 05, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1 13304 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 44 / Tuesday, March 6, 2012 / Notices [FR Doc. 2012–5412 Filed 3–5–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Application for New Awards; Charter Schools Program (CSP); Grants for Replication and Expansion of HighQuality Charter Schools Office of Innovation and Improvement, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Overview Information Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants for Replication and Expansion of HighQuality Charter Schools Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2012. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.282M. Applications Available: March 6, 2012. Date of Pre-Application Meeting: March 27, 2012. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 7, 2012. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 5, 2012. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The purpose of the CSP is to increase national understanding of the charter school model; to expand the number of highquality charter schools available to students across the Nation by providing financial assistance for the planning, program design, initial implementation, and expansion of charter schools; and to evaluate the effects of charter schools, including their effects on students, student academic achievement, staff, and parents. The purpose of the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools (Replication and Expansion) competition (CFDA 84.282M) is to award grants to eligible applicants to enable them to replicate or expand highquality charter schools with demonstrated records of success, including success in increasing student academic achievement. Eligible applicants may use their grant funds to expand the enrollment of one or more existing charter schools by substantially increasing the number of available seats per school or to open one or more new charter schools that are based on the charter school model for which the eligible applicant has presented evidence of success. Priorities: This notice includes one absolute priority, six competitive VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:56 Mar 05, 2012 Jkt 226001 preference priorities, and one invitational priority. The absolute and competitive preference priorities are from the notice of final priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for this program, published in the Federal Register on July 12, 2011 (76 FR 40898); from the notice of final supplemental priorities and definitions for discretionary grant programs, published in the Federal Register on December 15, 2010 (75 FR 78486), and corrected on May 12, 2011 (76 FR 27637); and from 34 CFR 75.225(a). Absolute Priority: For FY 2012 and any subsequent year in which we make awards based on the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority. This priority is: Experience Operating or Managing High-Quality Charter Schools. (76 FR 40898) This priority is for projects that will provide for the replication or expansion of high-quality charter schools by applicants that currently operate or manage more than one high-quality charter school (as defined in this notice). Competitive Preference Priorities: For FY 2012 and any subsequent year in which we make awards based on the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, these priorities are competitive preference priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we will award an additional 9 points to an application that meets Competitive Preference Priority 1; an additional point to an application that meets Competitive Preference Priority 2; up to an additional 4 points to an application that meets Competitive Preference Priority 3, depending on how well the application meets the priority; an additional point to an application that meets Competitive Preference Priority 4; an additional point to an application that meets Competitive Preference Priority 5; and an additional 4 points to an application that meets Competitive Preference Priority 6. Note: In order to receive preference under these competitive preference priorities, the applicant must identify the priority or priorities that it believes it meets and provide documentation supporting its claims. These priorities are: Competitive Preference Priority 1— Low-Income Demographic. (76 FR 40900) (9 points) To meet this priority, an applicant must demonstrate that at least 60 percent of all students in the charter schools it currently operates or manages PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 are individuals from low-income families (as defined in this notice). Competitive Preference Priority 2— School Improvement. (76 FR 40900) (1 point) To meet this priority, an applicant must demonstrate that its proposed replication or expansion of one or more high-quality charter schools will occur in partnership with, and will be designed to assist, one or more local educational agencies (LEAs) in implementing academic or structural interventions to serve students attending schools that have been identified for improvement, corrective action, closure, or restructuring under section 1116 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), and as described in the notice of final requirements for the School Improvement Grants, published in the Federal Register on October 28, 2010 (75 FR 66363). Note: Applicants in States operating under ESEA Flexibility that have opted to waive the requirement in ESEA section 1116(b) for LEAs to identify for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring, as appropriate, their Title I schools that fail to make AYP for two or more consecutive years may partner with LEAs to serve students attending priority or focus schools (see the September 23, 2011 ‘‘ESEA Flexibility’’ document at http:// www.ed.gov/esea/flexibility). Competitive Preference Priority 3— Promoting Diversity. (76 FR 40900) (Up to 4 points) This priority is for applicants that demonstrate a record of (in the schools they currently operate or manage), as well as an intent to continue (in schools that they will be creating or substantially expanding under this grant), taking active measures to— (a) Promote student diversity, including racial and ethnic diversity, or avoid racial isolation; (b) Serve students with disabilities at a rate that is at least comparable to the rate at which these students are served in public schools in the surrounding area; and (c) Serve English learners at a rate that is at least comparable to the rate at which these students are served in public schools in the surrounding area. In support of this priority, applicants must provide enrollment data as well as descriptions of existing policies and activities undertaken or planned to be undertaken. Note: An applicant addressing this priority is invited to discuss how the proposed design of its project will encourage approaches by charter schools that help bring together students of different backgrounds, including students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, to attain the benefits that flow from a diverse student body. E:\FR\FM\06MRN1.SGM 06MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 44 (Tuesday, March 6, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 13297-13304]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-5412]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Applications for New Awards; Education Research and Special 
Education Research Grant Programs

AGENCY: Institute of Education Sciences.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Overview Information:
    Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs.
    Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 
2013.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers: 84.305A, 
84.305B, 84.305D, 84.305E, 84.305H, 84.324A, 84.324B, and 84.324D.

SUMMARY: The Director of the Institute of Education Sciences 
(Institute) announces the Institute's FY 2013 competitions for grants 
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education research and special education research. The Director takes 
this action under the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002. The 
Institute's purpose in awarding these grants is to provide national 
leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of 
developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers 
with or at risk for disability, and of education outcomes for all 
students from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult 
education.

DATES: The dates when applications are available and the deadlines for 
transmittal of applications invited under this notice are indicated in 
the chart at the end.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The central purpose of the Institute's research 
grant programs is to provide parents, educators, students, researchers, 
policymakers, and the general public with reliable and valid 
information about education practices that support learning and improve 
academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all 
students. In carrying out its grant programs, the Institute provides 
support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national 
need.
    Competitions in this Notice: The Institute will conduct 10 research 
competitions in FY 2013 through two of its National Education Centers.
    The Institute's National Center for Education Research (NCER) will 
hold six competitions: two competitions for education research; one 
competition for education research training; one competition for 
research on statistical and research methodology in education; one 
competition for evaluation of State and local education programs and 
policies; and one competition for researcher-practitioner partnerships 
in education research.
    The Institute's National Center for Special Education Research 
(NCSER) will hold four competitions: two competitions for special 
education research; one competition for special education research 
training; and one competition for a new Accelerating the Academic 
Achievement of Students with Disabilities Research Initiative.

NCER Competitions

    The Education Research Competitions. Under these two competitions, 
NCER will consider only applications that address one of the following 
education research topics:

 Cognition and Student Learning
 Early Learning Programs and Policies
 Education Technology
 Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching
 English Learners
 Improving Education Systems: Policies, Organization, 
Management, and Leadership
 Mathematics and Science Education
 Postsecondary and Adult Education
 Reading and Writing
 Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning

    The Education Research Training Competition. Under this 
competition, NCER will consider only applications that address one of 
the following two topics:

 Postdoctoral Research Training
 Researcher and Policymaker Training

    The Research on Statistical and Research Methodology in Education 
Competition. Under this competition, NCER will consider only 
applications that address research on statistical and research 
methodology in education.
    The Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies 
Competition. Under this competition, NCER will consider only 
applications that address the evaluation of State and local education 
programs and policies.
    The Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research 
Competition. Under this competition, NCER will consider only 
applications that address the partnering of researchers with State and 
local education agencies in the development of joint research projects.

NCSER Competitions

    The Special Education Research Competitions. Under these two 
competitions, NCSER will consider only applications that address one of 
the following special education research topics:

 Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education
 Reading, Writing, and Language Development
 Mathematics and Science Education
 Social and Behavioral Outcomes to Support Learning
 Transition Outcomes for Special Education Secondary Students
 Cognition and Student Learning in Special Education
 Professional Development for Teachers and Related Services 
Providers
 Special Education Policy, Finance, and Systems
 Autism Spectrum Disorders
 Technology for Special Education
 Families of Children with Disabilities

    The Special Education Research Training Competition. Under this 
competition, NCSER will consider only applications that address the 
following topic:

 Early Career Development and Mentoring in Special Education 
Research

    The Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with 
Disabilities Research Initiative Competition. Under this competition, 
NCSER will consider only applications that address the acceleration of 
reading and mathematics achievement of students with disabilities.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 9501 et seq.
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 77, 80, 81, 82, 
84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. In addition, 34 CFR part 75 is applicable, 
except for the provisions in 34 CFR 75.100, 75.101(b), 75.102, 75.103, 
75.105, 75.109(a), 75.200, 75.201, 75.209, 75.210, 75.211, 75.217(a)-
(c), 75.219, 75.220, 75.221, 75.222, and 75.230.

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of 
higher education only.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants and cooperative agreements.
    Fiscal Information: Although Congress has not yet enacted an 
appropriation for fiscal year 2013, the Institute is inviting 
applications for these competitions now so that it may give applicants 
adequate time to prepare their applications this spring before the 
first round of competitions takes place. The Department may announce 
additional topics later in 2012. The actual award of grants will depend 
on the availability of funds. The size of the awards will depend on the 
scope of the projects proposed.
    The number of awards made under each competition will depend on the 
quality of the applications received for that competition, the 
availability of funds, and the following limits on awards for specific 
competitions and topics set by the Institute.
    For the National Center for Education Research's Education Research 
Training competition, no more than five grants will be awarded under 
the Postdoctoral Research Training topic, and no more than three grants 
will be awarded under the Researcher and Policymaker Training topic.
    For the National Center for Special Education Research's Education 
Research Training competition, no more

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than ten grants will be awarded under the Early Career Development and 
Mentoring in Special Education Research topic.
    For the National Center for Special Education Research's 
Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with Disabilities 
Research Initiative competition, no more than three grants will be 
awarded.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: Applicants that have the ability and 
capacity to conduct scientifically valid research are eligible to 
apply. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, non-profit 
and for-profit organizations and public and private agencies and 
institutions, such as colleges and universities.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: These programs do not require cost 
sharing or matching.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Request for Applications and Other Information: Information 
regarding program and application requirements for the competitions 
will be contained in the NCER and NCSER Requests for Applications 
(RFAs), which will be available at the following Web site: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/.
    RFAs Available: The RFAs for the Education Research, Special 
Education Research, Education Research Training, Special Education 
Research Training, Research on Statistical and Research Methodology in 
Education, and the Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and 
Policies competitions will be available at the Web site listed above on 
or before March 9, 2012. The RFAs for the Researcher-Practitioner 
Partnerships in Education Research and the Accelerating the Academic 
Achievement of Students with Disabilities Research Initiative 
competitions will be available at the Web site listed above on or 
before March 23, 2012. The dates on which the application packages for 
these competitions will be available are indicated in the chart at the 
end of this notice.
    Information regarding selection criteria, requirements concerning 
the content of an application, and review procedures for the 
competitions are in the RFAs. The RFAs also include information on the 
maximum award available under each grant competition. We will reject 
any application that proposes a budget exceeding the relevant maximum 
award. The Director of the Institute may change the maximum amount 
through a notice in the Federal Register.
    2. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: The deadline dates for 
transmittal of applications invited under this notice are indicated in 
the chart at the end of this notice and in the RFAs for the 
competitions.
    3. Submission Requirements: Each competition will have its own 
application. Applications for grants under these competitions must be 
obtained from and submitted electronically using the Grants.gov Apply 
site (Grants.gov). For information (including dates and times) about 
how to submit your application electronically, or in paper format by 
mail or hand delivery if you qualify for an exception to the electronic 
submission requirement, please refer to section V. 1. Electronic 
Submission of Applications in this notice.
    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the 
deadline requirements.
    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact 
the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VIII 
of this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the 
application process, the individual's application remains subject to 
all other requirements and limitations in this notice.
    4. Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification 
Number, and Central Contractor Registry: To do business with the 
Department of Education, you must--
    a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a 
Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
    b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the Central 
Contractor Registry (CCR), the Government's primary registrant 
database;
    c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and
    d. Maintain an active CCR registration with current information 
while your application is under review by the Department and, if you 
are awarded a grant, during the project period.
    You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet (http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform). A DUNS number can be created within one 
business day.
    If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or 
organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service. 
If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal 
Revenue Service or the Social Security Administration. If you need a 
new TIN, please allow 2-5 weeks for your TIN to become active.
    The CCR registration process may take five or more business days to 
complete. If you are currently registered with the CCR, you may not 
need to make any changes. However, please make certain that the TIN 
associated with your DUNS number is correct. Also note that you will 
need to update your CCR registration on an annual basis. This may take 
three or more business days to complete.
    In addition, if you are submitting your application via Grants.gov, 
you must (1) be designated by your organization as an Authorized 
Organization Representative (AOR); and (2) register yourself with 
Grants.gov as an AOR. Details on these steps are outlined at the 
following Grants.gov Web page: www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp.

V. Submission of Applications

    Applications for grants under these competitions must be submitted 
electronically unless you qualify for an exception to this requirement 
in accordance with the instructions in this section.
1. Electronic Submission of Applications
    Applications for grants under the Education Research, Education 
Research Training, Research on Statistical and Research Methodology in 
Education, Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and 
Policies, and Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships competitions, CFDA 
Numbers 84.305A, 84.305B, 84.305D, 84.305E, and 84.305H and for grants 
under the Special Education Research, Special Education Research 
Training, and the Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students 
with Disabilities Research Initiative competitions, CFDA Numbers 
84.324A, 84.324B, and 84.324D must be submitted electronically using 
the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at www.Grants.gov. Through 
this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application 
package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your 
application. You may not email an electronic copy of a grant 
application to us.
    We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format 
unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of 
the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no 
later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written 
statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these 
exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that 
is two weeks

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before the application deadline date is provided later in this section 
under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement.
    You may access the electronic grant applications for the Education 
Research, Education Research Training, Research on Statistical and 
Research Methodology in Education, Evaluation of State and Local 
Education Programs and Policies, Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships, 
Special Education Research, Special Education Research Training, and 
the Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with Disabilities 
Research Initiative competitions at www.Grants.gov. You must search for 
the downloadable application package for each competition by the CFDA 
number. Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your search 
(e.g., search for 84.324, not 84.324A).
    Please note the following:
     When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find 
information about submitting an application electronically through the 
site, as well as the hours of operation.
     Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time 
stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must 
be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30 
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as 
otherwise noted in this section, we will not accept your application if 
it is received--that is, date and time stamped by the Grants.gov 
system--after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. We do not consider an application that does not comply 
with the deadline requirements. When we retrieve your application from 
Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application 
because it was date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system after 
4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date.
     The amount of time it can take to upload an application 
will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the size of the 
application and the speed of your Internet connection. Therefore, we 
strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline 
date to begin the submission process through Grants.gov.
     You should review and follow the Education Submission 
Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are 
included in the application package for the competition to ensure that 
you submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov 
system. You can also find the Education Submission Procedures 
pertaining to Grants.gov under News and Events on the Department's G5 
system home page at http://www.G5.gov.
     You will not receive additional point value because you 
submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you 
if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your 
application in paper format.
     You must submit all documents electronically, including 
all information you typically provide on the following forms: 
Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424 Research & Related (R&R)) 
and the other R&R forms including, Project Performance Site Locations, 
Other Project Information, Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded), 
Research and Related Budget (Total Federal and Non-Federal), and all 
necessary assurances and certifications.
     You must upload any narrative sections and all other 
attachments to your application as files in a PDF (Portable Document) 
read-only, non-modifiable format. Do not upload an interactive or 
fillable PDF file. If you upload a file type other than a read-only, 
non-modifiable PDF or submit a password-protected file, we will not 
review that material.
     Your electronic application must comply with any page-
limit requirements described in this notice.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that 
contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates 
receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department.) The 
Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send 
a second notification to you by email. This second notification 
indicates that the Department has received your application and has 
assigned your application a PR/Award number (an ED-specified 
identifying number unique to your application).
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on 
forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues 
with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting 
your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov 
Support Desk, toll free, at 1-800-518-4726. You must obtain a 
Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it.
    If you are prevented from electronically submitting your 
application on the application deadline date because of technical 
problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension 
until 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to 
enable you to transmit your application electronically or by hand 
delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing 
instructions described elsewhere in this notice.
    If you submit an application after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC 
time, on the application deadline date, please contact the person 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VIII of this 
notice and provide an explanation of the technical problem you 
experienced with Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk 
Case Number. We will accept your application if we can confirm that a 
technical problem occurred with the Grants.gov system and that that 
problem affected your ability to submit your application by 4:30 p.m., 
Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The Department 
will contact you after a determination is made on whether your 
application will be accepted.

    Note: The extensions to which we refer in this section apply 
only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the 
Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed 
to fully register to submit your application to Grants.gov before 
the application deadline date and time or if the technical problem 
you experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system.

    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an 
exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your 
application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application 
through the Grants.gov system because--
     You do not have access to the Internet; or
     You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to 
the Grants.gov system; and
     No later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the 
application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business 
day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement 
to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception 
prevent you from using the Internet to submit your application.
    If you mail your written statement to the Department, it must be 
postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date. If you fax your written statement to the Department, we must 
receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the 
application deadline date.

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    Address and mail or fax your statement to: Ellie McCutcheon, U.S. 
Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue NW., Room 602e, 
Washington, DC 20208. FAX: (202) 219-1466.
    Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the 
mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice.
2. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail
    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a 
commercial carrier) your application to the Department. You must mail 
the original and two copies of your application, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: 
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
(CFDA Number: [Identify the CFDA number, including suffix letter, if 
any, for the competition under which you are submitting an 
application.]), LBJ Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    You must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
U.S. Postal Service.
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
carrier.
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do 
not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark.
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline 
date, we will not consider your application.

    Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated 
postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your 
local post office.

3. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery
    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, you (or a courier service) may deliver your paper 
application to the Department by hand. You must deliver the original 
and two copies of your application by hand, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: 
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
(CFDA Number: [Identify the CFDA number, including suffix letter, if 
any, for the competition under which you are submitting an 
application.]), 550 12th Street SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, 
Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily 
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, 
Sundays, and Federal holidays.
    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail 
or hand deliver your application to the Department--
    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by the 
Department--in Item 10 of the SF 424 (R&R) the CFDA number, including 
suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are 
submitting your application; and
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a notification 
of receipt of your grant application. If you do not receive this 
notification within 15 business days from the application deadline 
date, you should call the U.S. Department of Education Application 
Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

VI. Application Review Information

    1. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants 
that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, 
the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past 
performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as 
the applicant's use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and 
compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider 
whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or 
submitted a report of unacceptable quality.
    In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary 
also requires various assurances including those applicable to Federal 
civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or 
activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department 
of Education (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).
    2. Special Conditions: Under 34 CFR 74.14 and 80.12, the Secretary 
may impose special conditions on a grant if the applicant or grantee is 
not financially stable; has a history of unsatisfactory performance; 
has a financial or other management system that does not meet the 
standards in 34 CFR parts 74 or 80, as applicable; has not fulfilled 
the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not responsible.

VII. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award 
Notification (GAN). We may notify you informally, also.
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Grant Administration: Applicants should budget for a three-day 
meeting for project directors to be held in Washington, DC.
    4. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under one of the 
competitions announced in this notice, you must ensure that you have in 
place the necessary processes and systems to comply with the reporting 
requirements in 2 CFR part 170 should you receive funding under the 
competition. This does not apply if you have an exception under 2 CFR 
170.110(b).
    (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final 
performance report, including financial information, as directed by the 
Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an annual 
performance report that provides the most current performance and 
financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 
CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance 
reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, 
please go to www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    5. Performance Measures: To evaluate the overall success of its 
education research grant program, the Institute annually assesses the 
number of IES-supported interventions with evidence of efficacy in 
improving student outcomes including school readiness, academic 
outcomes (reading, writing, mathematics, and science), high school 
graduation and dropout, postsecondary enrollment and completion, and in 
enhancing teacher characteristics that have been shown to have a 
positive effect on student outcomes. For the

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special education research grant program, the Institute annually 
assesses the number of IES-supported interventions with evidence of 
efficacy in improving student outcomes in early learning, academics, 
and behavior. The data for these annual measures are based on What 
Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews of initial findings on interventions 
from IES research grants, such as findings that will have been 
presented as papers at a convention or working papers provided to IES 
by its grantees. The WWC reviews these reports and rates them using the 
WWC published standards to determine whether the evidence from these 
research grants meets evidence standards of the WWC and demonstrates a 
statistically significant positive effect in improving the relevant 
outcome. The Institute also annually assesses the performance of its 
research training and special education research training programs by 
measuring the number of individuals who have been or are being trained 
in IES-funded research training programs and the number of fellows 
working in the field of education after they have completed the 
training program.
    6. Continuation Awards: In making a continuation award, the 
Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.253, the extent to which a 
grantee has made ``substantial progress toward meeting the objectives 
in its approved application.'' This consideration includes the review 
of a grantee's progress in meeting the targets and projected outcomes 
in its approved application, and whether the grantee has expended funds 
in a manner that is consistent with its approved application and 
budget. In making a continuation grant, the Secretary also considers 
whether the grantee is operating in compliance with the assurances in 
its approved application, including those applicable to Federal civil 
rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities 
receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 
100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).

VIII. Agency Contact

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The contact person associated with a 
particular research competition is listed in the chart at the end of 
this notice and in the RFA package. The date on which applications will 
be available, the deadline for transmittal of applications, the 
estimated range of awards, and the project period are also listed in 
the chart and in the RFAs that are posted at the following Web sites: 
http://ies.ed.gov/funding/. www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ies/programs.html.
    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the RFA package in an accessible format (e.g., 
braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to the 
appropriate program contact person listed in the chart at the end of 
this notice.
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free 
Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the 
Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System 
at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well 
as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF 
you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the 
site.
    You may also access documents of the Department published in the 
Federal Register by using the article search feature at: 
www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search 
feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published 
by the Department.

    Dated: March 1, 2012.
John Q. Easton,
Director, Institute of Education Sciences.

                                                                                 Institute of Education Sciences
                                                    [FY 2013 grant competitions to support education research and special education research]
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                                       Application package     Deadline for  transmittal of
         CFDA No. and name                  available                  applications              Estimated range of awards *          Project period          For further information  contact
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                                                                          National Center for Education Research (NCER)
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84.305A-1 Education Research.......  April 19, 2012.........  June 21, 2012.................  $100,000 to $1,000,000..........  Up to 5 years.............  Emily Doolittle,
                                                                                                                                                             Emily.Doolittle@ed.gov
    [ssquf] Reading and Writing....
    [ssquf] Mathematics and Science
     Education.
    [ssquf] Cognition and Student
     Learning.
    [ssquf] Effective Teachers and
     Effective Teaching.
    [ssquf] Social and Behavioral
     Context for Academic Learning.
    [ssquf] Improving Education
     Systems: Policies,
     Organization, Management, and
     Leadership.
    [ssquf] Early Learning Programs
     and Policies.
    [ssquf] English Learners.......
    [ssquf] Postsecondary and Adult
     Education.
    [ssquf] Education Technology...
84.305A-2 Education Research.......  July 19, 2012..........  September 20, 2012............  $100,000 to $1,000,000..........  Up to 5 years.............  Emily Doolittle
                                                                                                                                                             Emily.Doolittle@ed.gov
    [ssquf] Reading and Writing....
    [ssquf] Mathematics and Science
     Education.
    [ssquf] Cognition and Student
     Learning.
    [ssquf] Effective Teachers and
     Effective Teaching.
    [ssquf] Social and Behavioral
     Context for Academic Learning.
    [ssquf] Improving Education
     Systems: Policies,
     Organization, Management, and
     Leadership.

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    [ssquf] Early Learning Programs
     and Policies.
    [ssquf] English Learners.......
    [ssquf] Postsecondary and Adult
     Education.
    [ssquf] Education Technology...
84.305B Research Training Programs
 in the Education Sciences.
    [ssquf] Postdoctoral Research    July 19, 2012..........  September 20, 2012............  $50,000 to $300,000.............  Up to 5 years.............  Meredith Larson,
     Training Program.                                                                                                                                       Meredith.Larson@ed.gov
    [ssquf] Researcher and
     Policymaker Training Program.
84.305D Research on Statistical and  July 19, 2012..........  September 20, 2012............  $40,000 to $300,000.............  Up to 3 years.............  Phill Gagne, Phill.Gagne@ed.gov
 Research Methodology in Education.
84.305E Evaluation of State and      April 19, 2012.........  June 21, 2012.................  $200,000 to $1,000,000..........  Up to 5 years.............  Allen Ruby, Allen.Ruby@ed.gov
 Local Education Programs and
 Policies.
84.305H Researcher-Practitioner      July 19, 2012..........  September 20, 2012............  $100,000 to $400,000............  Up to 3 years.............  Allen Ruby, Allen.Ruby@ed.gov
 Partnerships in Education Research.
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                                                                     National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER)
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84.324A-1 Special Education          April 19, 2012.........  June 21, 2012.................  $100,000 to $1,000,000..........  Up to 5 years.............  Jacquelyn Buckley,
 Research.                                                                                                                                                   Jacquelyn.Buckley@ed.gov
    [ssquf] Early Intervention and
     Early Learning in Special
     Education.
    [ssquf] Reading, Writing, and
     Language Development.
    [ssquf] Mathematics and Science
     Education.
    [ssquf] Social and Behavioral
     Outcomes to Support Learning.
    [ssquf] Transition Outcomes for
     Special Education Secondary
     Students.
    [ssquf] Cognition and Student
     Learning in Special Education.
    [ssquf] Professional
     Development for Teachers and
     Related Services Providers.
    [ssquf] Special Education
     Policy, Finance, and Systems.
    [ssquf] Autism Spectrum
     Disorders.
    [ssquf] Technology for Special
     Education.
    [ssquf] Families of Children
     with Disabilities.
84.324A-2 Special Education          July 19, 2012..........  September 20, 2012............  $100,000 to $1,000,000..........  Up to 5 years.............  Jacquelyn Buckley,
 Research.                                                                                                                                                   Jacquelyn.Buckley@ed.gov
    [ssquf] Early Intervention and
     Early Learning in Special
     Education.
    [ssquf] Reading, Writing, and
     Language Development.
    [ssquf] Mathematics and Science
     Education.
    [ssquf] Social and Behavioral
     Outcomes to Support Learning.
    [ssquf] Transition Outcomes for
     Special Education Secondary
     Students.
    [ssquf] Cognition and Student
     Learning in Special Education.
    [ssquf] Professional
     Development for Teachers and
     Related Services Providers.
    [ssquf] Special Education
     Policy, Finance, and Systems.
    [ssquf] Autism Spectrum
     Disorders.
    [ssquf] Technology for Special
     Education.
    [ssquf] Families of Children
     with Disabilities.
84.324B Special Education Research   July 19, 2012..........  September 20, 2012............  $50,000 to $100,000.............  Up to 5 years.............  Amy Sussman, Amy.Sussman@ed.gov
 Training.
    [ssquf] Early Career
     Development and Mentoring
     Program in Special Education
     Research.
84.324D Accelerating the Academic    July 19, 2012..........  September 20, 2012............  $1,000,000 to $2,000,000........  Up to 5 years.............  Kristen Lauer, Kristen.Lauer@ed.gov
 Achievement of Students with
 Disabilities Research Initiative.
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* These estimates are annual amounts.
Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.
Note: If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a test telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.


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