The Institute of Education Science (IES) has awarded a total of $8.4 million to 21 organizations for the development and testing of education technology intended to improve teaching, learning, and school administration in education and special education. Funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Education’s Small Business Innovation Research program (ED/IES SBIR).
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 ED/IES SBIR awards includes 15 Phase I projects. With this funding, teams will develop and refine prototypes of commercially viable education technology products and test their usability and initial feasibility. These contracts are for no more than $200,000 and run for eight months.
IES also made six Phase II awards, which support further research and development of prototypes of education technology products that were developed under FY 2017 ED/IES SBIR Phase I awards. In these Phase II projects, the teams will complete the development of the products, and conduct pilot studies in schools to demonstrate the usability and feasibility, fidelity of implementation, and the promise of the products to improve the intended outcomes. These contracts are for a maximum of $900,000 and run for two years. View the ED/IES SBIR 2018 Phase II Video Demonstrations for more information.
Over the past fifteen years, the SBIR program has made more than 200 awards for the development of education technology, including apps, games, programs, dashboards, assessments and more. Products developed with ED/IES SBIR funds are being used in thousands of schools across the nation.
For a list of FY 2018 ED/IES SBIR awardees, click here.