U.S. Department of Education K12 Innovation & Research Grant Opportunity

Published Sunday, February 10, 2019

Education Innovation and Research (EIR)

New Funding Opportunity for K-12 Innovation

Also Seeking Peer Reviewers
 

The U.S. Department of Education’s EIR program provides funding to create or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve the achievement and attainment of high-need K-12 students.   There are three types of grants available: Early-phase, Mid-phase, and Expansion.  This unique three-tiered grant structure links the amount of funding that an applicant may receive to the quality of evidence that supports the efficacy of the proposed project.  $125 million is available for awards, and 25% of these funds will be reserved for rural applicants serving predominantly rural students.  In addition, EIR aims to award at least $60 million for STEM education projects.  In both of these cases, this funding will be contingent on the receipt of a sufficient number of applications of sufficient quality.  Applications are due April 2, 2019.

Early-phase

Mid-phase

Expansion

Develops and tests innovative education practices

Further develops innovative education practices and regionally or nationally scales those practices

Scales nationally those practices demonstrated to be effective

Applicants must demonstrate a rationale based on high quality research findings of evaluation

Applicants must meet “Moderate Evidence” standard

Applicants must meet “Strong Evidence” standard

Up to $4 million per award, up to 60 months (5 years) of funding

Up to $8 million per award, up to 60 months (5 years) of funding

Up to $15 million per award, up to 60 months (5 years) of funding 

18-28 awards anticipated

8-15 awards anticipated

1-4 awards anticipated

In addition to meeting an evidence requirement, applicants to the Mid-phase or Expansion competitions must select one of two other absolute priorities: either “Field-Initiated Innovations-General” or “Field-Initiated Innovations–STEM, with a Particular Focus on Computer Science.”

In addition to meeting an evidence requirement, Early-phase applicants must select one of two other absolute priorities: either “Field-Initiated Innovations-General” or “Field-Initiated Innovations–STEM, with a Particular Focus on Computer Science.”  Those Early-phase applicants who address the STEM absolute priority, may also opt to address a competitive preference priority on computer science.

There is a separate Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for each of the three grant types that contains additional information about program requirements, eligibility, matching requirements, and the competition priorities.  To view the NIA’s, application packages, and other helpful resources, please go to the EIR 2019 competition page

Applying to Become a Peer Reviewer

If you choose not to submit a grant application and will not participate in any other application to this year’s competition, you may be interested in volunteering to serve as a peer reviewer.  EIR seeks reviewers in all areas of K-12 education, but particularly needs reviewers with expertise in K-12 computer science education.  If interested in being a peer reviewer, please follow the instructions in the Call for Peer Reviewers.  The call for reviewers also includes details about the schedule, payment, and reviewer responsibilities.