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

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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.
Related Programs84.324 Research in Special EducationExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Information on funded grants and contracts is available at

Fiscal Year 2017: Awards will be posted on

Fiscal Year 2018: Awards will be posted on

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc. $ 264,270   2022-09-012023-08-31
Leland Stanford Junior University, The $ 103,711   2022-09-012023-08-31
American Institutes For Research In The Behavioral Sciences $ 288,477   2022-09-012023-08-31
Rector & Visitors Of The University Of Virginia $ 297,062   2022-09-012023-08-31
University Of California, Los Angeles $ 138,728   2022-09-012023-08-31
Northwestern University $ 302,192   2022-09-012023-08-31
Michigan State University $ 360,948   2022-08-162023-08-15
Wested $ 888,228   2022-08-012023-07-31
Carnegie Mellon University $ 481,078   2022-07-012023-06-30
University Of New Mexico $ 789,371   2022-07-012023-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In fiscal year 2016, 82 research grants were funded and 18 SBIR projects were funded. Fiscal Year 2017: In fiscal year 2017, 119 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 funded. Fiscal Year 2018: The National Center for Education Research (NCER) will hold 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 two competition for low-cost, short-duration evaluation of education interventions. The competitions were announced in the Federal Register on May 30, 2017. It is anticipated that approximately 900 applications will be received and 115 funded.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

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 Procedures

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.


Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, Title I, Parts A, B and D, Sections 133 and 172.

Range of Approval/Disapproval 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.

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.

Post Assistance Requirements


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 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.


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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $154,292,737; FY 17 est $157,981,861; and FY 18 est $140,215,993. (Project Grants (Contracts)) FY 16 $27,745,518; FY 17 est $22,057,069; and FY 18 est $27,868,018

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The 2016 grant awards ranged in size from $200,000 to $9,000,000 over the life of the grant for awards of up to 5 years. The 2016 SBIR awards ranged from $55,481 to $149,911 for Phase I awards and $412,585 to $900,000 for Phase II awards. The 2017 grant awards ranged in size from $200,000 to $10 million. The 2017 SBIR awards ranged from $148,573 to $150,000 for Phase I awards and $897,953 to $900,000 for Phase II awards. It is anticipated that the 2018 grant awards will range in size from $100,000 to $5,000,000 over the life of the grant for awards of up to 5 years. The 2018 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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Emily Doolittle, Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education, 550 12th Street, SW, Room 4118, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 245-7833

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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:

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