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ED Opens FY 2018 Personnel Development Grant Competitions

June 26, 2018

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education (ED), is inviting applications for the following fiscal year (FY) 2018 discretionary grant competitions:

The deadline to submit applications is July 30, 2018. Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education (IHE) and private nonprofit organizations. ASHA members at universities have been awarded personnel preparation grants in the past. In previous years, roughly a dozen audiologists and speech-language pathologists were awarded grants. The programs total $14.25 million dollars and awards average $250,000. 


These FY 2018 discretionary grant competitions fall under the Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program. The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Preparation priority is to increase the number and improve the quality of personnel who are fully credentialed to serve children, including infants and toddlers, with disabilities who have high-intensity needs, especially in areas of chronic personnel shortage. The grants will fund high quality interdisciplinary projects that prepare special education, early intervention, and related services personnel at the master’s, specialist, or clinical doctoral levels for professional practice in classrooms and school settings.

The purpose of the Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel competition is to support existing doctoral degree programs that prepare special education, early intervention, and related services personnel who can act effectively and are well qualified for leadership positions. This includes positions such as researchers and preparers of special education, early intervention, and related services personnel in IHEs, or as leaders in national organizations, state educational agencies, lead agencies, local educational agencies, early intervention services programs, or schools.


Please contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education policy, at


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