This competition promotes excellence in short-term, quasi-experimental evaluation studies examining the impact of assistive and learning technologies to improve educational outcomes for all students. The competition calls for "quick turnaround" collaborative research efforts that inform the development of innovative assistive and learning technologies for students with special needs. The mission of the competition is to encourage researchers and developers to work collaboratively to study a particular K-12 intervention or technology over a short period of time and provide a current "snapshot" of its effectiveness. Study findings have the potential to guide future research and development activities, as well as investments in effective technology solutions in serving students with special needs. Letters of intent must be received on March 3, 2008, and the proposal must be received by April 2, 2008. Award recipients must secure matching funds of at least $15,000 to be eligible. Funds may be used to support an expansion of an already existing research project.

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