LEARN Comments on NASEM Report “The Future of Education Research at IES”

LEARN Submitted comments to IES leadership in response to the recently released National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) report titled “The Future of Education Research at IES.” In the letter, LEARN discussed the critical need for more IES funding, advocated for the creation of two grant cycles, commended efforts to promote diversity in education research and responded to the report’s proposal to update the types and topics of research IES.

The Response to the NASEM report can be accessed here: LEARN Response to “The Future of Education Research at IES”

LEARN Advocates for Increases in Education Research Funding

LEARN wrote the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittees overseeing funding for the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Additionally, LEARN submitted a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. House and Senate Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Subcommittees on the National Science Foundation (NSF). In these letters, LEARN advocated for increases in Fiscal Year 2023 funding for these key institutes, centers and foundations which support critical education research aimed at advancing scientific understanding of learning and development.

Specific funding requests in the letters include:

For IES Overall: $815 million

For Research and Dissemination (RD&D): $225 million

For the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER): $70 million

For the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): $2.02 billion

For the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): $2.57 billion

For the National Science Foundation (NSF) Overall: $11 billion

For the Directorate on STEM Education (EDU): 1.37 billion

For the Directorate on Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP): Robust Funding

The letter regarding IES, NICHD and NIMH funding can be accessed here: FY23 LEARN Appropriations Letter . The letter pertaining to NSF funding can be accessed here: FY23 LEARN CJS Appropriations Letter.

LEARN Submits Testimony to Senate Appropriations for FY23

On Wednesday, May 12, LEARN submitted testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) regarding Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 funding for the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In this testimony, LEARN advocated for increases in Fiscal Year 2023 funding for these key agencies which support critical education research aimed at advancing scientific understanding of learning and development. Throughout, LEARN emphasized the importance of supporting education research as the nation works to recover from the educational challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Specific funding requests in the letters include:

For IES Overall: $815 million

For Research and Dissemination (RD&D): $225 million

For the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER): $70 million

For the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): $2.02 billion

For the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): $2..57 billion

The Senate testimony can be found here: LEARN Senate Appropriations FY2023 Testimony