Category/Topic
Education
State or Federal?
Federal
Summary
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. Expansion grants provide funding for grantees to scale projects that are supported by strong evidence for at least one population and setting and thus are ready to be implemented at the national level. EIR Expansion grants are expected to scale practices that have prior evidence of effectiveness, in order to improve outcomes for high-need students. They should also be expected to generate important information about educational practices (e.g., in what contexts does the practice work best? Where does it not work as well? What components of the practice are most critical to its success?). Identifying and describing the core elements of the EIR-supported practices is a basic expectation for all Expansion grantees, in order to support adoption or replication by other entities. The program includes two absolute priorities that the applicant is expected to address: 1) supporting high-need students, and 2) evidence-driven practices.
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions, K-12 School Districts, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations, 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
Min Award
$2,750,000
Max Award
$3,000,000
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
$15,000,000
# of Awards
3-5
Annual or Multi-Year?
Annual
Preliminary Items
Applicants are strongly encouraged to to submit an optional notice of intent to apply at www,survey monkey.com by February13, 2017.

An optional webinar is expected for this program. Information will be available at innovation.ed.gov.
Match Required?
Yes
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.
Funder
U. S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement
Competition Notes
Applications will be evaluated according to:
Significance
Strategy to scale
quality of the project design and management plan
Quality of the project evaluation

Average award size will be $14,500,000
Further Information
Contact:
Kelly Terpak
(202) 453-7122
Fax: (202) 401-4123
eir@ed.gov
Link to Further Information
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