Research Training Program in Special Education: Early Career Development and Mentoring

Sponsor:Department of Education
Learn More:Research Training Program in Special Education: Early Career Development and Mentoring
LOI:Expected in June
Deadline:Expected in August
Award Max:400,000 over 4 years
Eligibility:Principal Investigator • Principal Investigators may be from any one of a variety of relevant disciplines and fields in addition to special education (e.g., general education, human development, political science, psychology, sociology, statistics) within institutions of higher education provided that the focus of their research and mentoring is in the field of early intervention or special education for children with or at risk for disabilities. • The Principal Investigator must have completed a doctoral degree or postdoctoral program no earlier than April 1, 2014 and no later than the start of the award period. Please note that the Institute will use the date on which the University granted your doctoral degree. For example, if you defended your dissertation on March 25, 2014, but your University granted the degree on April 2, 2014, you would be eligible to apply. • The Principal Investigator must hold a tenure-track position (e.g., Assistant Professor), or research scientist position (e.g., not a visiting faculty or adjunct position), at an institution of higher education, or must have accepted an offer for such a position to begin before the start of the award. In the latter case, you must include a letter of support in Appendix E from the future home institution indicating that an offer has been made and accepted. The position must be a regular, salaried position paid by the University without a focus on training (e.g., not a postdoctoral position). (2)Mentors • Training must be provided under the guidance of a mentor. Applicants may have comentors depending on their training needs and location. The term “mentors” includes both primary and co-mentors. • Mentors may be from academic or nonacademic institutions (e.g., nonprofit and forprofit organizations, public and private agencies) that conduct rigorous special education or early intervention research. • Mentors must include only individuals who have not served as the Principal Investigator’s primary graduate school advisor, dissertation advisor, or postdoctoral supervisor. A faculty member who served on a dissertation committee but did not have a direct advisor-advisee relationship with the Principal Investigator is eligible to serve as a mentor. • One mentor must be designated as the primary mentor. • At least one mentor (primary or co-mentor) must be at the Principal Investigator’s home institution.
The Early Career Development and Mentoring program provides support for an integrated research and career development plan for investigators in the early stages of their academic careers who have established an interest in special education research. The ultimate aim of this program is to help launch independent research careers focused on infants, toddlers, children, and youth with or at risk for disabilities. The award will provide support for research (including salary for protected time to conduct research) and career development that includes training under the guidance of an experienced mentor or mentors.
Category(s): social-science, education