Raleigh Jul 26, 2022 Today the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) is pleased to announce the Department of Public Instruction is the first ever North Carolina Evaluation Fund grant recipient. The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) was awarded a $109,909 grant to evaluate teacher compensation models and advanced teaching roles. With research partners from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and the College of Education at North Carolina State University, DPI will study advanced teaching roles and organizational models that link teacher performance and professional growth to salary increases. The North Carolina Evaluation Fund was established by the 2021 Appropriations Act to support research partnerships that inform policy and program decisions in the state. North Carolina state government agencies can apply for a grant from the fund. OSBM anticipates awarding 5-10 grants this year totaling up to $1 million. OSBM will be issuing a second round of grant awards later this summer. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2022. Applicants can sign up for office hours to get feedback on their research question and project proposal prior to submitting an application. Interested state agencies are strongly encouraged to identify and coordinate with a research partner, such as a higher education institution or research organization, to develop and submit a proposal. The NC Office of Strategic Partnerships can help agencies publicize their evaluation needs to potential research partners through the NC Project Portal. Contact OSP at firstname.lastname@example.org to request assistance. State agencies and research partners are encouraged to email email@example.com with questions about the application and award process or to request technical assistance.