Research in Special Education

To support scientifically rigorous research contributing to the solution of specific early intervention and education problems associated with children with disabilities.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Projects address such topics as providing access to the general curriculum for children with severe cognitive disabilities, pre-literacy skills for young children with visual impairments and early childhood mental health.

Additionally several research institutes and centers receive support as do field-initiated research.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for the production of new knowledge, integration of research and practice, and improving professional knowledge related to the objectives of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A State educational agency, a local educational agency, an institution of higher education, any other public agency, a private non-profit organization, an outlying area, an Indian tribe or tribal organization (as defined under section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act), and a for-profit organization, if the Department finds it appropriate in light of the purposes of a particular competition for a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement.

The Department may limit the entities eligible for an award to categories of these eligible entities.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia are also eligible through September 30, 2023.

The Republic of Palau is eligible through September 30, 2007.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and other individuals with disabilities, and their families benefit from this program.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is not covered under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as a single point of contact in his or her State to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

Standard Form 424, "Application for Federal Assitance," an application narrative, and required certificates must be submitted by the date specified in the Federal Register.

Award Procedures

Applications will be reviewed by panels of field readers in accordance with 34 CFR 700, "Evaluation of Applications for Grants and Cooperative Agreements.


Contact the Headquarters Office for application deadlines.


Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, Part E, 20 U.S.C. 9567.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Range is from 90 to 120 days.


Not applicable.


Renewals are based on the review of annual performance reports and the recommendation of the project officer. All renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Typically from 1 to 5 years. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual financial and progress reports must be submitted as required by grant award terms and conditions.


In accordance with the provision of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No. A-133.


As stated in grant or contract terms and conditions, the awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under this grant.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $71,840,000; FY 08 est $70,585,000; and FY 09 est $70,585,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable because the range and number varies by competition.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

EDGAR 34 CFR 74, 77, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86 (Part 86 applies only to IHEs), 97, 98, and 99. In addition 34 CFR 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, 75.219, 75.220, 75.221, 75.222, and 75.230.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Education, Institute of Education Science, National Center for Special Education Research, Office of the Commissioner, 400 Maryland Ave, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-2500. Contact: David Malouf; E-mail:; Telephone: (202) 219-1309 or Kristen Lauer; E-mail: kristen; Telephone: (202) 219-0377.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting among grant applications will normally be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Part 75.210.

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