Funding Opportunities

This page provides information regarding current proposal-specific funding opportunities. For additional ongoing and general funding resources please visit our Pre-Award page.


Funding Opportunity: FY2020 EIR Competition

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) is pleased to announce the FY 2020 EIR Competition.

On July 29, 2020, the Department published in the Federal Register, a notice inviting applications for the Education Innovation and Research Program’s Early-phase competition: Applications will be available on July 31, 2020.


  • Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: August 18, 2020
  • Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 10, 2020
  • Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: November 10, 2020

A pre-recorded pre-application webinar, as well as other competition-related updates and resources, can be found on the FY 2020 Competition page:

You may direct questions to the following: EIR email:; EIR phone:  (202) 453-7122.

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 being a peer reviewer:


Funding Opportunity: FY 2021 IES NCER and NCSER Grant Competitions Announced

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC- May 4, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education‘s (ED) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has announced its fiscal year (FY) 2021 competitions for education research and special education research.  The new funding notice explains that these awards will expand knowledge of “(1) developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for a disability, (2) education outcomes for all learners from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education, and (3) employment and wage outcomes when relevant (such as for those engaged in career and technical, postsecondary, or adult education).” The awards will be administered through the Institute’s major grant-awarding centers, the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER).

IES plans to host eight competitions in FY 2021 that address a range of relevant topic areas, including research related to STEM education and Career and Technical education, two topics of interest to policymakers, agency officials, and the Trump Administration.  While much of the funding call mimics last year’s topics and priorities, the FY 2021 notice introduces a new research grant program focused on NAEP process data for learners with disabilities and does not include the FY 2020 competition on statistical and research methodology in education.  New to the NCER education research competition is a civics education and social studies topic.  Education Leadership and Education Technology, both topics competed in FY 2020, will not be competed in FY 2021.  Details on the new competitions are outlined below.

NCER will administer four competitions for grants pertaining to specific topic areas.  Competitions and topics are listed below:

  • Education Research – The education research competition invites applications that address one of the following topic areas:
    • Career and Technical Education;
    • Civics Education and Social Studies;
    • Cognition and Student Learning;
    • Early Learning Programs and Policies;
    • Effective Instruction;
    • English Learners;
    • Improving Education Systems;
    • Postsecondary and Adult Education;
    • Literacy;
    • STEM Education; and
    • Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning.
  • Education Research Training – Applications for this competition must address one of three topics: Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training Program, Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences, or Methods Training for Education Researchers.
  • Education Research and Development Centers – Applications for this competition must address the topic of Improving Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Institutions.
  • Research Grants Focused on Systemic Replication in Education – Applications for this competition must address identifying what works in education through systemic replication.

NCSER will administer four competitions in the following research areas of interest:

  • Special Education Research – Applications for this competition must identify their primary focus of research from one of the following topic areas:
    • Cognition and Student Learning;
    • Early Intervention and Early Learning;
    • Educators and School-Based Service Providers;
    • Families of Children with Disabilities;
    • Reading, Writing, and Language;
    • STEM Education;
    • Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Competence;
    • Systems, Policy, and Finance; and
    • Transition to Postsecondary Education, Career, and/or Independent Living.
  • Research Training Programs in Special Education – Applications for this competition must address one of two topics: Early Career Development and Mentoring or Methods Training for Special Education Research.
  • Research Grants Focused on NAEP Process Data for Learners with Disabilities – Applications for this competition must examine outcomes for students with disabilities by using the restricted-use data, including the NAEP process data, from the 2017 eighth grade NAEP mathematics assessment.
  • Research Grants Focused on Systemic Replication – Applications for this competition must address identifying what works in special education through systemic replication.

Application Deadline: Applications for all competitions become available on June 11, 2020 and completed applications are due by August 20, 2020.

Total Funding and Award Size:  The project period for all competitions is up to five years, and approximate award sizes range from $100,000 to $2,000,0000.  Actual number of awards and funding levels are dependent on FY 2021 funding, which has not yet been finalized by Congress.  Neither chamber has yet to introduce its proposal for ED funding.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, public and private agencies, and institutions of higher education.

Sources and Additional Information:

  • The Request for Applications for each competition and additional topic details will be posted at  on or before June 11, 2020.


National Institute of Justice: Research and Evaluation on School Safety, FY2020. This solicitation seeks applications to fund research to:

  1. Examine the root causes of school violence.
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of the approaches to stopping school violence found in the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) FY 2018 or FY 2019 STOP School Violence Act solicitations.
  3. Research on the perspectives of STOP School Violence Act grantees.

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 13, 2020.


IES SBIR Phase 1 2020 Program is now open. Submissions are due by March 3rd, 11 am EST. Phase I proposals are accepted for awards up to $200,000 and 8 months for the development of prototypes of education technology products to improve relevant student, teacher, or administrator outcomes in education and special education settings.


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