State or Federal?
The SEED grant program provides funding to increase the number of highly effective educators by supporting the implementation of evidence-based preparation, development, or enhancement opportunities for educators.
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions, Nonprofit Organizations
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants are:
- Institutions of higher education that provide course materials or resources that are Evidence-Based in increasing academic achievement, graduation rates, or rates of postsecondary education matriculation;
- National nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated record of raising student academic achievement, graduation rates, and rates of higher education attendance, matriculation, or completion, or of effectiveness in providing preparation and Professional Development activities and programs for teachers, principals, or other School Leaders;
- The Bureau of Indian Education; or
- A partnership consisting of previously described entities and for-profit entities
Most Recent/Current Due Date
May 17, 2018
Due Date Notes
Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ED of their intent to submit an application. The deadline for the Notice of Intent to Apply is due April 5, 2018 and can be submitted at:

The deadline for submission of applications is May 17, 2018.
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Mar 21, 2018
Min Award
Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
# of Awards
Annual or Multi-Year?
Preliminary Items
The SEED program intends to hold a webinar designed to provide technical assistance to interested applicants. Detailed information regarding this webinar will be provided on the SEED web page at:
Match Required?
Match Notes
Each grant recipient must provide, from non-Federal sources, at least 25 percent of the funds for the total cost for each year of activities supported by the grant. These funds may be provided in cash or through in-kind contributions.
Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement
Competition Notes
The Administration's budget request for FY 2018 does not include funds for new awards under this program. However, we are inviting applications to allow sufficient time to complete the grant process before the end of the current fiscal year, if Congress appropriates funds for this program.

Estimated Range of Awards: $1,000,000-$6,000,000 per project year.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $3,500,000 per project year.
Project Period: Up to 36 months, with renewal of up to two additional years.

This competition includes two absolute priorities, one competitive preference priority, and one invitational priority. Applicants may address only one absolute priority and must clearly indicate the specific absolute priority their project addresses.

Absolute Priority 1—Supporting Effective Teachers.
Absolute Priority 2—Supporting Effective Principals or Other School Leaders.

The Competitive Preference Priority (CPP) is for projects designed to improve student achievement or other educational outcomes in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) education or computer science. These projects must increase the number of educators adequately prepared to deliver rigorous instruction in STEM fields through recruitment, Evidence-Based Professional Development, or evidence-based retraining strategies for current educators seeking to transition from other subjects to STEM fields.

The invitational priority does not give an application a competitive or absolute preference over other applications. For FY 2018 and any subsequent year in which ED makes awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, this priority is an invitational priority. The FY 2018 invitational priority is for the support for the use of micro-credentials.
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