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Education Research Grant Program

Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, and For-Profit
Organizations for Research Projects Related to Improving Education

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Institute of Education Sciences (IES) - U.S. Department of Education

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09/09/21 11:59 PM EST


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Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit organizations for research projects related to improving education. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Projects may fall into one of the following categories: development and innovation, measurement, exploration, and initial efficacy and follow-up.

Through its National Center for Education Research (NCER), the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) supports a program of research to build knowledge and understanding of education practice and policy. IES was established by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA – P.L. 107-279), in part to improve academic achievement and access to educational opportunities for all learners (ESRA, § 111.b.1.B), but to focus especially on learners whose increased achievement would help close achievement gaps (ESRA, § 115.a.1) or who lack access to educational opportunities (ESRA, § 115.a.2.A and 115.a.2.B). In carrying out this mission, IES takes steps to ensure that the work is carried out in a manner that is objective, secular, neutral, and nonideological and free of partisan political influence and racial, cultural, gender, or regional bias (ESRA, § 111.b.2.B). NCER’s program of research is intended to achieve four outcomes:

  1. Improved access to a high-quality education for all learners from early childhood through adulthood, particularly learners least likely to have such access
  2. Improved academic achievement for all learners from early childhood through adulthood, particularly those learners who are least likely to achieve academically relative to their peers
  3. Reduced opportunity and achievement gaps between high-performing and low-performing learners
  4. Improved access to, persistence in, progress through, and successful completion of postsecondary education

In this request for applications (RFA), NCER invites applications for research projects that will contribute to its Education Research Grants program (ALN 84.305A) and support IES’s mission to fund rigorous research that helps solve significant education problems and that is relevant to the teaching and learning needs of the diverse population of the United States. NCER’s ability to support high-quality research depends on the ability to train and support talented researchers, statisticians, and evaluators that reflect this diversity.

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GrantWatch ID#: 197300

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Cost:
- Measurement: $2,000,000
- Exploration: $1,700,000
- Development and Innovation: $2,000,000
- Initial Efficacy and Follow-Up: Initial Efficacy - $3,800,000; Follow-Up - $1,500,000

Term of Contract:

Maximum Duration:
- Measurement: 4 years
- Exploration: 4 years
- Development and Innovation: 4 years
- Initial Efficacy and Follow-Up: Initial Efficacy - 5 years; Follow-Up - 3 years


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Institutions that have the ability and capacity to conduct rigorous research are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, non-profit and for-profit organizations and public and private agencies and institutions, such as colleges and universities.

Pre-Application Information:

- Letter of Intent Due: July 22, 2021
- Application Package Available: June 30, 2021
- Application Deadline: 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 9, 2021
- Possible Start Dates: July 1 – September 1, 2022

To do business with the Department, and to submit your application electronically using, you must:
a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award Management (, the Government’s primary registrant database;
c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application

The SAM registration process can take approximately seven business days, but may take upwards of several weeks, depending on the completeness and accuracy of the data you enter into the database. Thus, if you think you might want to apply for Federal financial assistance under a program administered by the Department, please allow sufficient time to obtain and register your DUNS number and TIN.

Approximately 1 to 2 weeks after the application deadline, invitation emails are sent to applicants who have never applied to IES before to create their individual PRIMO ANS accounts. Both the PI and the AOR will receive invitation emails. Approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline, all applicants (new and existing ANS users) will begin to receive a series of emails about the status of their application.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Program contact:

Helyn Kim

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