IES Announces $8.4 Million in Funding for Education Technology

From IES:

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.


US Department of Education-FY 2018 Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Competitions

FY 2018 Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Competition Announcement

On April 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education published in the Federal Register, three notices inviting applications for the Education Innovation and Research Program’s Early-phaseMid-phase, and Expansion competitions.


  • Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: May 9, 2018
  • Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 5, 2018
  • Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 6, 2018

EIR FY 2018 Competition Page

Webinar April 24, 2018: Creating Caring and Culturally Responsive Classrooms for Students in Prekindergarten to Grade 3

Interesting webinar for administrators, teachers, equity directors, state and local education agency staff members, and technical assistance providers.
From the IES calendar site:
REL Northwest webinar: Creating Caring and Culturally Responsive Classrooms for Students in Prekindergarten to Grade 3
April 24, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time
Location: Virtual
Description: The early elementary years lay the foundation for school and life outcomes. Join REL Northwest for a free webinar exploring strategies to create culturally responsive and emotionally supportive pre-K–3 classrooms for children from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. Featuring Dr. Sharon Ritchie, national researcher and principal investigator for the FirstSchool initiative, this webinar will offer practical advice for using data and evidence to improve early school experiences and set all students up for success.
Partnership or Research Alliance: This webinar supports the work of the Oregon Early Learning Collaborative and the Equity in School Discipline Collaborative.
Audience: This webinar is geared toward anyone interested in using data to develop welcoming learning environments for pre-K–3 students. This includes administrators, teachers, equity directors, state and local education agency staff members, and technical assistance providers.
Fiona Helsel, Ph.D., REL Northwest at Education Northwest
Sharon Ritchie, Ed.D., Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina
Link to more information and registration:

US Department of Education Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grants-Deadline for intent to apply is April 5, 2018

The deadline for intent to apply for the US Department of Education SEED grant is April 5, 2018. Full applications due May 17, 2018.

Summary from the Federal Register:

SUMMARY: The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 for the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.423A. DATES: Applications Available: March 21, 2018. Date of Informational Webinar: The SEED program intends to hold a webinar designed to provide technical assistance to interested applicants. Detailed information regarding this webinar will be provided on the SEED web page at what-we-do/teacher-quality/supportingeffective-educator-development-grantprogram/. Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: April 5, 2018.

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 17, 2018.

Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 19, 2018.

Reminder-Burroughs Wellcome Fund RFP due April 18, 2018

From the BW website, “The Student STEM Enrichment Program (SSEP) supports diverse programs with a common goal: to enable primary and secondary students to participate in creative, hands-on STEM activities for K-12 students and pursue inquiry-based exploration in BWF’s home state of North Carolina. These awards provide up to $60,000 per year for three years. ”

Link to more details and RFP

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