State or Federal?
The TSL program assists states, local educational agencies, and nonprofit organizations to implement, expand, or improve human capital management systems (HCMS) and/or performance-based compensation systems for teachers and school leaders who raise student academic achievement and reduce the gap between high- and low-performing students. The HCMS must include evaluation and support systems that reflect fair measures of performance and take student academic achievement into account. The program includes four absolute priorities: 1) human capital management system; 2) evaluation and support systems for teachers; 3) evaluation and support systems for school leaders; and 4) evaluation and support systems for teachers and school leaders. Absolute priority 1 and one other must be addressed. Funding may be used to create an MCMS, improve systems for recruiting, selecting, and retaining teachers and school leaders, institute career advancement opportunities, and support school leaders, among others
Eligible Entities
K-12 School Districts, K-12 Schools, Nonprofit Organizations, State Government
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants include local educational agencies (LEAs), including a charter school that is an LEA, or a consortium of LEAs; a state educational agency or other state agency designated by the chief executive of a state to participate; a partnership consisting of any of the above and at least one nonprofit organization.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Mar 24, 2017
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Dec 20, 2016
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Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
# of Awards
Annual or Multi-Year?
Preliminary Items
Applicants are encouraged to email an optional notice of intent to apple by February 4, 2017.
An optional webinar is expected to be held on January 10, 2017. Visit the TSL Web site at:​what-we-do/​teacher-quality/​teacher-incentive-fund/​.
Match Required?
Match Notes
Applicants must provide 50 percent of the award amount via nonfederal cash or in-kind contributions.
U. S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
The project period is five years. Funding for the second through fifth years of the project are subject to the availability of funds. Applicants may apply for an award of up to five years in duration; however, initial awards will be for a maximum of three years. Awards may be renewed for an additional two years depending upon performance. Renewal may be used to scale up or replicate the program.
Additional Notes
Applications will be evaluated on:
Evidence of support
Need for project
Quality of project design
Quality of management plan
Adequacy of resources
Further Information
Orman Feres
(202) 453-6921
Link to Further Information
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