Step Up For Students (SUFS), a nonprofit that administers four state-supported preK-12 education scholarships in Florida, invites research proposals from individuals, organizations, and universities seeking to gauge the impact of these programs on participating students and schools.

Why Research with us?

  • Florida is a leader in educational choice.
  • We manage two of the largest private school choice programs in the nation, one in its 17th year and serving 100,000 students.
  • We have a large, longitudinal database with over 15 years of data.
  • We support and encourage high quality, rigorous research that improve student outcomes.

Research topics

Research topics can include (but are not limited to) the impact of educational choice program participation on:

  • Student Achievement
  • Parental Satisfaction
  • College Enrollment & Attainment
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • ESA Spending
  • Public Schooling
  • Income/Earnings
  • School Supply & Demand
  • Crime
  • Education Funding

Individuals wishing to conduct research with Step Up For Students should submit a proposal (Download Research Proposal Guidelines here) no later than 30 days prior to the anticipated start date. Once your proposal is received, you will receive a confirmation email. Then, your proposal will be reviewed by the SUFS Research Review Team and you will be notified of the decision by email.

Please email proposals and/or any additional questions to Dava Hankerson Fedrick at