State or Federal?
The Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program provides funding to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students; and rigorously evaluate such innovations. EIR Early-phase grants provide funding to support the development, iteration, implementation, and feasibility testing of practices that are expected to be novel and significant relative to others that are underway nationally. The goal is to determine whether and in what ways relatively newer practices can improve student achievement for high-need students. The program includes six absolute priorities: 1) supporting high-need students; 2) improving school climate; 3) promoting diversity; 4) increasing secondary preparedness; 5) improving effectiveness of principals; and 6) reengaging disconnected youth. Applicants must address absolute priority 1 and one other.
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions, K-12 School Districts, K-12 Schools, Nonprofit Organizations, Private Corporations, State Government
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants are:
Local educational agencies (LEAs); state educational agencies (SEAs); Bureau of Indian Education; Consortia of SEAs and LEAs; nonprofit organizations; an SEA, or LEA in partnership with a nonprofit organization, a business, an educational service agency, or an an institution of higher education.

Applicants must demonstrate sufficient partnership with schools (LEAs) by identifying implementation schools for the first and second years of the project period.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Apr 13, 2017
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Dec 15, 2016
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Max Award
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Annual or Multi-Year?
Preliminary Items
Applicants are strongly encouraged to to submit an optional notice of intent to apply at www,survey by February13, 2017.

An optional webinar is expected for this program. Information will be available at
Match Required?
Match Notes
Applicants must provide a match of 10 percent of the award amount via federal, state, local, private cash, or in-kind contributions.

Applicants must provide evidence of their matching contributions for the first year of the award.

The matching requirement may be waived on a case-by-case basis in exceptional circumstances.
U. S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement
Competition Notes
Applications will be evaluated according to:
Quality of project design
Quality of project evaluation.

Average award size will be $3,750,000.
Further Information
Kelly Terpak
(202) 453-7122
Fax: (202) 401-4123
Link to Further Information
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