Education Research, Development and Dissemination


To support the development and distribution of scientifically valid research, evaluation, and data collection that support learning and improve academic achievement. Funding provides support for building a high-quality evidence base on what works in education, as well as dissemination to ensure that the evidence base informs practice. The central purpose of the Institute's research grant programs is to provide interested individuals and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students. These interested individuals include parents, educators, students, researchers, and policymakers. In carrying out its grant programs, the Institute provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Institute of Education Sciences
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Contracts)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Fiscal Year 2014: In fiscal year 2014, 879 grant applications were received and 93 were funded. In addition, 252 SBIR applications were received and 15 were funded. Fiscal Year 2015: Fiscal Year 2015: A grant competition was held for the Evaluation of State Education Programs and Policies. Applications were due on June 10, 2015. Information is not yet available on the numbers of applications and awards.

In addition, the Department held a competition for Phase I SBIR contract awards; applications were due on January 15, 2015. 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 21 were funded. 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.
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?
Applicant Eligibility
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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Institutions and individuals involved with education will benefit.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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 ( 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 describe the substantive requirements for applications and provide information on how to prepare and submit applications electronically through The Application Packages provide all of the required forms and are available on Letters of Intent are encouraged but not required.

Grant applications to Institute of Education Sciences (IES) competitions must be submitted via the government-wide portal that allows potential applicants to find grant opportunities and apply for grants. The 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 and (2) they register themselves as Authorized Organizational Representatives (AORs) well before the competition deadline. registration information can be found at

The Department provides a forecast of contract opportunities on its website at and posts solicitations on the Federal Business Opportunity website ( Vendors may view a synopsis, download a solicitation, and register to receive notification of modifications to existing notices.
Award Procedure
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,, 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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 210 to 240 days.
Not Applicable.
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:
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?
As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75). Generally, financial reports and program reports must be submitted as required by grant award terms and conditions. Cash reports are not applicable. Annual progress and performance reports are required as part of the submittal of form ED 524B. Annual expenditure reports are required as part of the submittal of form ED 524B. Staff also monitor drawdowns using agency financial reports. Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of form ED 624B. The Department has established performance measures for the program. The measures are: (1) The percentage of projects that result in peer-reviewed publications. (2) The cumulative number of IES-supported interventions with evidence of efficacy in improving student outcomes. (3) The number of newly developed or modified interventions with evidence of promise for improving student education 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.
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
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Emily Doolittle, Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 219-1201.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $147,619,052; FY 15 est $151,030,451; and FY 16 est $169,865,000. (Project Grants (Contracts)) FY 14 $32,240,948; FY 15 est $28,829,549; and FY 16 est $32,408,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The 2014 grant awards ranged in size from $100,000 to $10 million for 1-5 year projects. The 2014 SBIR awards ranged from $150,000 to $1,050,000 for Phase I awards and $134,049 to $899,995 for Phase II awards.

It is anticipated that the 2015 grant awards will range in size from approximately $180,000 $179,902 to $10 million. The 2015 SBIR awards ranged from $145,420 to $150,000 for Phase I awards and $485,802 to $900,000 for Phase II awards.

It is anticipated that the 2016 grant awards will range in size from $50,000 to $2,000,000 over the life of the grant for awards of up to 5 years. The 2016 SBIR Phase I contract awards will be in amounts up to $150,000 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
For more information contact the program office.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Information on funded grants and contracts is available at Fiscal Year 2015: Awards will be posted on Fiscal Year 2016: Awards will be posted on


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