U.S. Department of Education: Education Innovation and Research Program-Expansion Grants
The Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program provides funding to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students; and rigorously evaluate such innovations. The EIR program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of those solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students.
Expansion grants will provide funding for implementation and rigorous evaluation of a program that has been found to produce sizable, significant impacts under a mid-phase grant or other effort meeting similar criteria, for the purposes of: (a) determining whether such impacts can be successfully reproduced and sustained over time; and (b) identifying the conditions in which the program is most effective. Expansion grants are supported by strong evidence for at least one population and setting, and grantees are encouraged to implement at the national level.
The Expansion competition includes three absolute priorities and two invitational priorities. Expansion applicants must address absolute priority one. Expansion applicants are also required to address one of the other two absolute priorities. Applicants have the option of addressing one or more of the invitational priorities. Priorities are detailed below:
- Absolute Priority One-Strong Evidence: Funding will be directed to projects supported by strong evidence. An applicant must identify up to four study citations to be reviewed against the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Handbook for the purposes of meeting strong evidence. The studies may have been conducted by the applicant or by a third party.
- Absolute Priority 2—Field-Initiated Innovations—General: Funding is provided to projects that are designed to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students.
- Absolute Priority 3—Field-Initiated Innovations—Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) Education, With a Particular Focus on Computer Science: Funding is provided to projects that are designed to: (1) create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students, and; (2) improve student achievement or other educational outcomes in one or more of the following areas: Science, technology, engineering, math, or computer science (as defined in this notice). These projects must address the following priority area: identifying and implementing instructional strategies in STEM fields, including computer science, that are supported by strong evidence (as defined in this notice).
- Invitational Priority One—Personalized Learning: Projects that support educators in personalizing learning for all students so that learning opportunities may be tailored to fit the needs of individual students. In personalized learning environments, the pace, location, and delivery method of education may vary based on individual student interests and needs. Personalized learning approaches recognize that there are multiple pathways through which students can develop and demonstrate academic competencies and social-emotional skills aligned to college- and career-ready standards and that students may attain these competencies and skills in different amounts of time. Examples of personalized learning instructional approaches include dynamic student groupings, student-driven projects, and the use of adaptive technologies such as digital curricula to both accelerate, and to target gaps in, student learning. Personalized data approaches use data to provide ongoing feedback about student progress to educators, students, and their families, and to adjust learning strategies in real time.
- Invitational Priority Two—Early Learning and Cognitive Development: Projects that improve early learning and cognitive development outcomes through neuroscience-based and scientifically validated interventions.
Amount: A total of $115,000,000 is available for all three types of EIR programs (Early-phase, Mid-phase, and Expansion grants). A total of 1-3 Expansion Grants are expected to be made that range up to $15,000,000 for a project period of 60 months. At least 25 percent of EIR funds will be awarded to applicants serving rural areas, contingent on receipt of a sufficient number of applications of sufficient quality. Grant recipients must provide, from federal, state, local, or private sources, an amount equal to 10 percent of funds provided under the grant, which may be provided in cash or through in-kind contributions, to carry out activities supported by the grant.
Eligibility: Local educational agency (LEA); state educational agency (SEA); the Bureau of Indian Education; a consortium of SEAs or LEAs; a nonprofit organization; and an SEA, an LEA, a consortium described, or the Bureau of Indian Education, in partnership with a nonprofit organization, a business, an educational service agency, or an institution of higher education.
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