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Grants to USA State Education Agencies for Research Studies that Analyze and Improve Education Systems

State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS)


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
CFDA Number: 84.372
Funding or PIN Number: ED-GRANTS-061919-003
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasLouisianaMaineMarylandMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaOhioOklahomaOregonRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWest VirginiaWyoming
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
LOI Date: 05/19/23
Deadline: 06/29/23 11:59 PM Washington, DC time Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA state and territories state education agencies in eligible locations for research studies that analyze and improve education. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended for projects in one of the priority areas: infrastructure and interoperability, college and career, school finance, and state policy questions.

State and Territories eligible to apply are: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Northern Mariana Islands, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) invites State education agencies (SEAs) to apply for FY 2024 grants to assist them in using Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) to inform their efforts to improve education in critical areas. 

Applicants may apply for funds to carry out projects in one of the following data use priorities:

  1. Infrastructure and Interoperability;
  2. College and Career;
  3. School Finance;
  4. State Policy Questions.

Under any of these priorities, States should consider how their proposals would enhance their ability to use their SLDS to address the needs of at-risk students, including children and youth who are or have been homeless or in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. Applicants may also indicate an interest in assisting the Department by participating in the development of open-source data use assets built upon the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) and within the Open Source Community (OSC). States do not have to include information about how they would do this work in the application, but merely may indicate that they are interested in this work.

More information about the SLDS program can be found at

Priorities can be found at starting at


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are limited to SEAs. An SEA is the agency primarily responsible for the State supervision of elementary schools and secondary schools. See 20 U.S.C. 7801 (which incorporates by reference the definition of SEA in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), 20 U.S.C. 7801). States and territories that did not receive SLDS grants in both the FY 2015 and FY 2019/2020 competitions are eligible to receive grants in this round.

Grants that were awarded to States in FY 2020 included funds appropriated in FY 2019. These grants are referred to as FY 19/20 grants to reflect the funding source and the award date.

A State educational agency must propose to work jointly and collaboratively with other agencies in the State. For example, if a State submits an application that proposes an analysis including early childhood education data, it would be expected that the agency capable and responsible for such data would be a partner in the grant application. Despite the requirement that the K-12 State educational agency, as defined above, be the applicant and the fiscal agent for the grant, the design, development, and subsequent implementation of the grant-funded work must be carried out by the most relevant and capable State agency in partnership with the other participating organizations.

Individual States may also propose to collaborate with other States. Each State educational agency participating in a collaborative should submit its own application for its own activities and funding. If the collaborating States determine that funding for the joint activities cannot be easily and clearly apportioned among them, or that such apportioning would result in inefficiency and higher costs, one State could serve as the fiduciary agent for the joint activities. In that case, funding for the joint activities should be included in the application of the State acting as fiscal agent. If proposing collaboration with other States, the response must also identify any legal or regulatory issues that may prevent there being a successful cross-State collaboration or provide agreements or laws that demonstrate that the States have agreed that the collaboration and data sharing may proceed.

Pre-Proposal Conference
The Institute will hold webinars describing the RFA process and to discuss questions pertaining to the RFA. Based on these webinars, the Institute may create a Frequently Asked Questions sheet to assist applicants through the RFA process.

Additional information:

Pre-Application Information
The deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply submissions in May 19, 2023, and the deadline for Transmittal of Applications is June 29, 2023.

Applications must be completely received by 11:59:59 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date listed in the heading of this request for applications. The system will not accept an application for this competition that finishes transmission after 11:59:59 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Therefore, the Department strongly recommends that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process. Please note that this application process includes submission of a number of attachments. You may be submitting your application at the same time as several other States which may affect how quickly the system accepts all of your documents. You are strongly encouraged to allow adequate time for this part of the process.

You must follow the application procedures and submission requirements described on ( Organizations Must Register with and

The Institute asks potential applicants to submit a Letter of Intent 30 days prior to the application submission deadline, indicating both whether the State intends to apply for the Grant, and the Priority for which the State expects to apply. Letters of Intent are optional but strongly encouraged by the Institute. If you submit a Letter of Intent, a Program Officer may contact you regarding your proposal. In addition, Institute staff use the letters of intent to identify the expertise needed for the panels and to secure a sufficient number of reviewers to handle the anticipated number of applications.

Applicants should budget for travel and accommodations for two senior project staff to attend a two-day meeting each year in Washington, DC with other grantees and Institute staff to discuss accomplishments, problems encountered, and possible solutions/improvements.

Applicant Registration:


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Additional Funding Information

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Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may request no more than $3.75 million for one grant priority area (Infrastructure and Interoperability, College and Career, School Finance, and Policy Questions). States that agree to participate in the Scalable Data Use Project may request no more than $4 million, which includes up to $3.75 million for the priority area work, and up to $250,000 for costs associated with the Scalable Data Use Project work.

Term of Contract
Grants are limited to no more than 48 months.

Earliest Anticipated Start Date: September 15, 2023

Contact Information
Letters of Intent are submitted on line at

If you have any questions, contact:
Dr. Nancy Sharkey
Institute of Education Sciences
National Center for Education
550 12th Street, SW, Room 4162 Washington, DC 20202 Email:
Telephone:(202) 987-1082

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