Education Research, Development and Dissemination
To support research activities that improve the quality of education and, thereby, increase student academic achievement, reduce the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing students, and increase access to and completion of postsecondary education.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
The National Center for Education Research (NCER) will hold six competitions: one competition for education research, one competition for education research training, one competition for education research and development centers, one competition for statistical and research methodology in education, one competition for partnerships and collaborations focused on problems of practice or policy, and one competition for research networks. The competitions were announced in the Federal Register on April 15, 2015. It is anticipated that approximately 900 applications will be received and 115 funded. In fiscal year 2016, 82 research grants were funded and 18 SBIR projects were funded.Fiscal Year 2017
In fiscal year 2017, 119 new grants were funded. In addition, the Department held a competition for Phase I SBIR contract awards; applications were due on December 7, 2016. After completion of the Phase I stage, most recipients of Phase I awards can compete for Phase II awards. There were 175 SBIR applications received and 18 were fundedFiscal Year 2018
The National Center for Education Research (NCER) held five competitions: one competition for education research, one competition for education research and development centers, , one competition for partnerships and collaborations focused on problems of practice or policy, and one competition for low-cost, short-duration evaluation of education interventions, and one competition for research networks focused on critical problems of education policy and practice. The competitions were announced in the Federal Register on May 30, 2017 and January 22, 2018. The Department received 646 applications and made 73 awards. Information on the awards is available at http://ies.ed.gov/funding/grantsearch/?slctCenter=1.Fiscal Year 2019
Fiscal Year 2019 competitions were announced in the Federal Register on May 21, 2018. The Requests for Applications were posted https://ies.ed.gov/funding. Applications were due between August 2018 and March 2019, depending on the competition. The Department received 662 applications and made 114 awards. Information on the awards is available at http://ies.ed.gov/funding/grantsearch/?slctCenter=1Fiscal Year 2020
Fiscal Year 2020 competitions were announced in the Federal Register on June 19, 2019. The Requests for Applications were posted https://ies.ed.gov/funding. Applications are due in August 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by July 1, 2020.
Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, Title I, Parts A, B and D, Sections 133 and 172
Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, Title I, Parts A, B, and D, Sections 133 and 172.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicants that have the ability and capacity to conduct scientifically valid research are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, non-profit and for-profit organizations and public and private agencies and institutions, such as colleges and universities. SBIR contract awards are limited to eligible small businesses.
Institutions and individuals involved with education will benefit.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Grant competitions are announced in the Federal Register and on the agency website (http://ies.ed.gov/funding/). Standard Form 424 ("Application for Federal Assistance"), an application narrative, and required certifications must be submitted by the deadline specified in the Federal Register. The Requests for Application grant notices (available on http://ies.ed.gov/funding) describe the substantive requirements for applications and provide information on how to prepare and submit applications electronically through Grants.gov. The Application Packages provide all of the required forms and are available on http://www.grants.gov. Letters of Intent are encouraged but not required. Grant applications to Institute of Education Sciences (IES) competitions must be submitted via the Grants.gov government-wide portal that allows potential applicants to find grant opportunities and apply for grants. The Grants.gov registration process can take several weeks. Interested applicants should begin the registration process well in advance of application deadlines. Individuals planning to submit an application on behalf of their organization must ensure that (1) their institution/organization is registered with Grants.gov and (2) they register themselves as Authorized Organizational Representatives (AORs) well before the competition deadline. Grants.gov registration information can be found at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/apply-for-grants.html. The Department provides a forecast of contract opportunities on its website at http://www2.ed.gov/fund/contract/find/forecast.html and posts solicitations on the Federal Business Opportunity website (www.fbo.gov). Vendors may view a synopsis, download a solicitation, and register to receive notification of modifications to existing notices.
Grant applications that are responsive and compliant to the Requests for Applications are evaluated by expert reviewers for scientific and technical merit. Scientific reviews are conducted in accordance with the review criteria stated in the Request for Applications and the review procedures posted on the IES website, http://ies.ed.gov/director/sro/peer_review/application_review.asp, by a panel of scientists who have substantive and methodological expertise appropriate to the program of research and Request for Applications. Awards are competitive, with the following criteria considered in making award decisions for responsive and compliant applications: Scientific merit as determined by peer review, performance and use of funds under a previous federal award, contribution to the overall program of research described in the Request for Applications, and availability of funds. For contracts, the Department reviews offers and makes awards to those companies that are determined to provide the value to the government.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 210 to 240 days.
Renewals are based on the review of annual performance reports and the recommendation of the project officer. All renewals are subject to the availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting applications are contained in the Request for Applications that announces the competition. Each request for Applications is posted on the Funding Opportunities home page of the Institute web site: http://ies.ed.gov/funding/.
How may assistance be used?
Grants support basic and applied research, development, dissemination, evaluations, and research training in education. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts are awarded to qualified small businesses to conduct innovative research and development projects focused on education technology. Funds also support the What Works Clearinghouse, the Education Resources Information Center, the National Library of Education, and a variety of other dissemination and support activities that are supported by contracts.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The Department has established performance measures for the program. The measures are: (1) the minimum percentage of projects that result in peer-reviewed publications and (2) the minimum number of IES-supported interventions with evidence of efficacy in improving student outcomes.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
As stated in grant or contract terms and conditions, the awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under this grant or contract. Each grantee will keep intact, and accessible, records relating to the receipt and expenditure of Federal funds and the expenditures of the grantee's contribution to the cost of the project, if any. Records will normally be retained for 3 years after the date of the submission of the final expenditure report, or for grants that are reviewed annually, 3 years after the date of the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects generally may be supported for 1 to 5 years. Funds are granted on a 12 month basis. All grantee obligations shall be liquidated within 90 days following the end of the award period. Payments may be made according to a predetermined schedule or by way of reimbursement. Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education, 550 12th Street, SW, Room 4118
Washington, DC 20202 US
(Project Grants (Contracts)) FY 18$26,410,109.00; FY 19 est $30,158,792.00; FY 20 est $37,705,157.00; FY 17$22,684,505.00; FY 16$27,745,518.00; - (Project Grants) FY 18$166,284,891.00; FY 19 est $162,536,208.00; FY 20 est $154,989,843.00; FY 17$164,815,495.00; FY 16$154,292,737.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The new 2019 grant awards ranged in size from $200,000 to $1.8 million for the first year of the awards. The 2019 SBIR awards ranged from $195,506 to $200,000 for Phase I awards and $897,103 to $900,000 for Phase II awards. Applicants for 2020 grant awards could request funding of $100,000 to $2,000,000 for projects lasting between 1 to 5 years, depending on the competition. Applicants for 2020 SBIR Phase I contract awards may request up to $200,000 for awards up to 6-months in length; the SBIR Phase II contract awards will be in amounts up to $900,000 for up to 2 years.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) codified at CFR Part 200, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2CFR part 3474. The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 77, 81, 82, 84, 86 (part 86 applies only to institutions of higher education), 97, 98, and 99. In addition 34 CFR part 75 is applicable, except for the provisions in 34 CFR 75.100, 75.101(b), 75.102, 75.103, 75.105, 75.109(a), 75.200, 75.201, 75.209, 75.210, 75.211, 75.217, 75.219, 75.220, 75.221, 75.222, 75.230, and 75.708. The Office of Management and Budget Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3485.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
Awards will be posted on http://ies.ed.gov/funding/grantsearch/?slctCenter=4. Information on funded grants and contracts is available at http://ies.ed.gov/funding/grantsearch/?slctCenter=1.Fiscal Year 2017
Awards are posted on http://ies.ed.gov/funding/grantsearch/?slctCenter=1.Fiscal Year 2018
Awards are posted on http://ies.ed.gov/funding/grantsearch/?slctCenter=1.Fiscal Year 2019
Awards are posted on http://ies.ed.gov/funding/grantsearch/?slctCenter=1.Fiscal Year 2020
Awards will be posted on http://ies.ed.gov/funding/grantsearch/?slctCenter=1.