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. Mid-phase grants provide funding to support scaling of projects supported by moderate evidence for at least one population or setting to the regional level or to the national level. EIR Mid-phase projects are expected to refine and expand the use of practices with prior evidence of effectiveness, in order to improve outcomes for high-need students. They are also expected to generate important information about an intervention’s effectiveness, including for whom and in which contexts a practice is most effective. The program includes five absolute priorities: 1) supporting high-need students; 2) improving early learning and development; 3) social-behavioral competencies; 4) improving low-performing schools; and 5) evidence-based practices. Applicants must address absolute priority 1 and one other.
Eligible Entities
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
$1,400,000
Max Award
$1,600,000
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
$8,000,000
# of Awards
15-20
Annual or Multi-Year?
Multi-year
Preliminary Items
Applicants are strongly encouraged to to submit an optional notice of intent to apply at www,survey monkey.com by February 13, 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
Applicants will be evaluated according to:
Significance
Strategy to scale
Quality of project design and management plan
Quality of project evaluation

Average award size will be $7,750,000.
Further Information
Contact:
Kelly Terpak
(202) 453-7122
Fax: (202) 401-4123
eir@ed.gov
Link to Further Information
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