When is the deadline?

The deadline is Thursday, September 28th 8:00pm Eastern Time. All applications must be submitted through the online application portal.

The two letters of recommendation and all supporting material have the same deadline. Please make sure to account for time zone differences, as late submissions will not be accepted.

When is the notification of awards?

All applicants will be notified of their status in December 2023.

Is there an example of a successful application?

As this is a new program, the National Academy of Education (NAEd) is unable to make previous applications publicly available. However, applicants are highly encouraged to read “The Art of Writing Proposals“, an article published by the Social Science Research Council about crafting a competitive research proposal.

The NAEd also stresses that EMERG applications are reviewed by a multidisciplinary selection committee. Applications should be written for a generalist audience. The NAEd strongly encourages applicants to have colleagues from other departments and fields read their applications to provide general feedback and ensure that the application is easily understood by readers from different disciplinary backgrounds.

Can applicants get feedback on a turned down application?

Unfortunately, applicants not selected for the program will not receive feedback on their applications after the review process concludes.

Can a candidate apply if they did not graduate from a department or school of education?

Yes. Applicants can be in any field, as long as their research topic centrally relates to math education and works directly with these specific student populations (African-American, Latine, Indigenous, and from communities experiencing persistent inter-generational poverty).

How broadly does the NAEd define math education?

As it relates to the EMERG program, the NAEd definition of math education is quite broad and encompasses education in its many forms: formal and non-formal, U.S. K-12 classrooms, and school settings and non-school settings.

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible to apply?

Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for the EMERG Program; however, their proposed project must focus on K-12 education within the United States.

Can applicants accept other awards?

EMERG Scholars may receive other concurrent funding for their project during the grant period.

Does the applicant need to be affiliated with an institution?

Yes, the applicant must be affiliated with a college, university, or research center in the United States.

Is the award made to the institution or to the individual?

The research grant is awarded as a subcontract between the applicant’s institution and the NAEd over two disbursements. As part of the application process, candidates must submit an institutional letter of commitment signed by an authorized institutional representative. This letter will certify the eligibility of the Principal Investigator and confirm the cooperating institution’s authorization of the submitted proposal and intent to enter into a subaward arrangement with the National Academy of Education.

What does the award cover and how should it be used?

The program will award up to 10 grants of $100,000 each. (Grantees will also be awarded funds to cover up to 10% overhead and travel expenses, for a total grant award not to exceed $113,000.)

Research grant funds may be used for research expenses, including but not limited to the following: purchase of data sets, travel to research locations, participant stipends, technology expenses, and research assistance stipends. EMERG Scholars will not be required to take leave from their teaching and administrative responsibilities; however, they may choose to use project funds to negotiate a reduced workload or full time away from teaching or administrative responsibilities, assuming they receive institutional approval.

Any interest that accrues on these grant funds must be used exclusively for the purposes described in the application. Funds that have not been spent or obligated by the end of the grant period must be returned to the Academy.

Does an applicant need to outline how the funding will be used in the application?

The candidate must provide a simple budget as part of the application. A template is provided within the application portal. Given that the proposed project will be refined with support from the EMERG community, the budget will also evolve over time. The submitted budget will be used to determine feasibility of the proposed project.

In what style or format should documents be submitted?

Because the EMERG Program is a multidisciplinary program, the NAEd accepts all major formatting and writing styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.). The decision is up to the applicant, but it is important to remain consistent in all submissions.

Additionally, the project description must be submitted in 11-point, double-spaced Times New Roman font. Please include your full name in the header of all uploaded documents.

Finally, all uploaded documents must be submitted as PDFs.

Do candidates need HSR approval to apply?

For projects involving human subjects, EMERG Scholars must receive HSR approval prior to release of grant funds. However, HSR approval is not necessary to apply to the program. Candidates are encouraged to request HSR approval as early as possible, as it can be a lengthy process.

How many pages should the project description be?

The project description should be no more than ten double-spaced pages, with two additional pages for references, coming to a total of 12. Appendices (charts, graphs, tables, questionnaires, etc.) may be included as technical and supplemental and do not count towards the limit; however, please be judicious in the quantity included, as reviewers are not required to review material in the appendices.

Example of your Past Research: Can applicants submit a published piece as it was formatted?

Yes, applicants can submit a published piece as it was formatted. If providing an excerpt, please be judicious in what is included in the submission, as reviewers are only required to review material in the document.

Can proposals expand on dissertation work?

Yes, applicants can submit a proposal that expands on the research of their dissertation.

How is "early career" defined for the EMERG Program?

Applicants to the EMERG Program must have received their PhD, EdD or equivalent degree no earlier than January 1, 2016. Candidates may be tenured or non-tenured.

What are the expectations of awarded EMERG Scholars?

EMERG Scholars can expect to work with senior researchers to have their initial proposed projects refined, with the intention of starting the research in Summer or Fall 2024. In addition to the four in-person convenings, EMERG Scholars will be paired with an individual mentor that they meet with virtually each month. Additionally, they can expect to meet with an interdisciplinary small group of advisors quarterly. Finally, the full EMERG Community will come together virtually twice a year. A full calendar will be provided to awarded individuals in December 2023.

Who can help with technical difficulties with the online application?

There are two quick solutions that might help with website difficulties: first, try using a different browser, such as Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer; second, try logging on to a computer outside of the computer’s current network. Sometimes, firewalls on a school network can prevent an applicant from fully utilizing the application website. If the problem persists, please contact the Abigail Bell ( with a description of the problem or error.

Can a candidate make changes to an application after the deadline or ask a NAEd staff member to make a change?

Unless otherwise announced, the application deadline listed is final. No edits, alterations, and/or additions will be made to any applications after this deadline. Additionally, an applicant should not contact NAEd staff with queries concerning edits to their application once the deadline has passed.

An unforeseen event has happened. Can the NAEd extend the application deadline?

Unless otherwise announced, the application deadline listed is final. This deadline is also final for referees. The NAEd understands there are events in one’s life which may hinder the application process- a death in the family or of one of the reference writers, physical or mental illness, technical difficulties, etc. For these unforeseen and sometimes unfortunate events, please work ahead of time to complete the application. No extensions will be given. However, on the occasion the final deadline must be extended for all applicants, such as a natural disaster affecting a large regional area, a mass e-mail will be sent to all applicants and their referees, informing them of these changes. Please ensure all email addresses are accurately submitted.

Is the NAEd a university or college?

The Academy is not a university or college and does not hold or hire postdoctoral positions.


Please Contact:
Abigail Bell
Director, Special Projects

The forthcoming projects are based on research funded by (or in part by) the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The findings and conclusions contained within are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Funders are not involved in research selections.

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