The Association for Institutional Research (AIR), with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC), operates a research and dissertation grant program that supports research on a wide range of issues of critical importance to U.S. higher education.

NSF and NCES support grants that focus on increasing the number of researchers using national datasets and that demonstrate the contribution these datasets make to the national base of knowledge on higher education policy, theory, and practice. NPEC funding supports grants that increase the understanding and knowledge of a specific issue. This year, the NPEC Focus Topic is “Noncredit Instructional Activity at Postsecondary Institutions.”

Two levels of grants are offered:

  • $40,000 Research Grants
  • $20,000 Dissertation Grants

Information on both grant opportunities can be found on the Grants Overview Web page.

Assistance is available from the AIR grant staff at or 850-385-4155 x200.

The proposal deadline is July 7, 2014.