|State or Federal?|
The Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program, established under section 4611 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), 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. The EIR program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students.
There are three types of grants under this program: “Early-phase” grants, “Mid-phase” grants, and “Expansion” grants.
The Department expects that Expansion grants will provide funding for implementation and rigorous evaluation of a program that has been found to produce sizable, significant impacts under a Mid-phase grant or other effort meeting similar criteria, for the purposes of: (a) Determining whether such impacts can be successfully reproduced and sustained over time; and (b) identifying the conditions in which the program is most effective.
Expansion grants are supported by strong evidence for at least one population and setting, and grantees are encouraged to implement at the national level.
|Academic Institutions, K-12 School Districts, Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations, State Government|
Eligible applicants are local educational agencies (LEAs); state educational agencies (SEAs); the Bureau of Indian Education; a consortium of SEAs or LEAs; a nonprofit organization; or one of the previous eligible applicants in partnership with a nonprofit organization, a business, an educational service agency, or an institution of higher education.
Applications must address Absolute Priority 1 and one additional absolute priority.
Absolute Priority 1—Strong Evidence
Funding will be provided to projects supported by strong evidence.
Absolute Priority 2—Field-Initiated Innovations—General
Projects that are designed 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.
Absolute Priority 3— Field-Initiated Innovations—Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) Education, With a Particular Focus on Computer Science Projects that are designed to:
1) 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;
(2) Improve student achievement or other educational outcomes in one or
more of the following areas: science, technology, engineering, math, or computer science.
|Most Recent/Current Due Date|
|Jun 05, 2018|
|Due Date Notes|
The deadline for notice of intent to apply is May 9, 2018. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a notice of intent by completing a web-based form, though non-completion does not prevent an applicant from submitting an application.
The deadline for submission of full applications is June 5, 2018.
|Most Recent RFP Release Date|
|Apr 19, 2018|
|Total Possible Multi-Year Award|
|# of Awards|
|Annual or Multi-Year?|
|Grant recipients must provide 10% match in cash or in-kind contribution. Match can be from Federal, State, local, or private sources.|
|Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement|
|Total Amount Available for All Grants|
$115 million is available for all three types of grants under the EIR program, including the early-phase grants. The estimated average and maximum size of an award is $15 million for a single project over 60 months.
For FY 2018 and any subsequent year in which ED makes awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, there are two invitational priorities: personalized learning and early learning and cognitive development. These priorities do not give applicants a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.
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