Posted: 30 Dec 2016 08:42 AM PST
Earlier this month, the Department of Education announced its first Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grant competition, newly authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act. This new grant program builds on the prior “Investing in Innovation (i3)” competition and is designed to support “state and local efforts to develop, implement and take to scale innovative and evidence-based projects.”
In this new competition, however, both states and local school districts are eligible to apply for funding, and they may also collaborate with a wide range of groups to implement projects.
Three types of grants will be available:
- Early-phase grants: For the development, iteration, implementation, and feasibility testing of practices that are expected to be novel and significant relative to others that are underway nationally.
- Mid-phase grants: For funding to support scaling of projects supported by moderate evidence for at least one population or setting to the regional level or to the national level.
- Expansion-phase grants: For funding for grantees to scale projects that are supported by strong evidence for at least one population and setting and thus are ready to be implemented at the national level.
Applications for EIR grants are due April 13, 2017, but an intent to apply should be submitted by February 13. Winners will be announced in the fall of 2017, although the total available is still subject to congressional appropriations.