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Grants to USA Education Agencies and Nonprofits for Projects to Improve Academic Performance

Innovation and Early Learning Programs: Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program Early-Phase Grants


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Education (DOE)
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) - Innovation and Early Learning Programs
CFDA Number: 84.411
Funding or PIN Number: ED-GRANTS-052323-004
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/22/23
Deadline: 08/01/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA education agencies and nonprofit organizations for projects to improve student academic performance and address academic challenges. Applicants must submit an LOI and complete registrations prior to submitting an application. Programs must benefit high-need students.

The EIR program, established under section 4611 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA), provides funding to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based (as defined in this notice), field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students and to rigorously evaluate such innovations. The EIR program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent education challenges and to support the expansion of those solutions to serve substantially more students.

The central design element of the EIR program is its multitier structure that links the amount of funding an applicant may receive to the quality of the evidence supporting the efficacy of the proposed project, with the expectation that projects that build this evidence will advance through EIR's grant tiers: "Early-phase,'' "Mid-phase,'' and "Expansion.''

"Early-phase,'' "Mid-phase,'' and "Expansion'' grants differ in terms of the level of prior evidence of effectiveness required for consideration for funding, the expectations regarding the kind of evidence and information funded projects should produce, the level of scale funded projects should reach, and, consequently, the amount of funding available to support each type of project.

Early-phase grants must demonstrate a rationale (as defined in this notice). Early-phase grants provide funding for the development, implementation, and feasibility testing of a program, which prior research suggests has promise, for the purpose of determining whether the program can successfully improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students. Early-phase grants are not intended simply to expand established practices or address needs that are unique to one particular context. Rather, the goal is to determine whether and in what ways relatively new practices can improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:
(a) An LEA;
(b) An SEA;
(c) The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE);
(d) A consortium of SEAs or LEAs;
(e) A nonprofit (as defined in this notice) organization; and
(f) An LEA, an SEA, the BIE, or a consortium described in clause (d), in partnership with—
(1) A nonprofit organization;
(2) A business;
(3) An educational service agency; or
(4) An IHE.

To qualify as a rural applicant under the EIR program, an applicant must meet both of the following requirements:
(a) The applicant is—
(1) An LEA with an urban-centric district locale code of 32, 33, 41, 42, or 43, as determined by the Secretary;
(2) A consortium of such LEAs;
(3) An educational service agency or a nonprofit organization in partnership with such an LEA; or
(4) A grantee described in clause (1) or (2) in partnership with an SEA; and
b) A majority of the schools to be served by the program are designated with a locale code of 32, 33, 41, 42, or 43, or a combination of such codes, as determined by the Secretary.

Pre-Application Information
- Applications Available: May 25, 2023.
- Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 22, 2023.
- Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 1, 2023 no later than 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Time.
- Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: October 2, 2023.

To do business with the Department, and to submit your application electronically using, you must:
a. Have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
b. Be registered in the System for Award Management (, the Government's primary registrant database;
c. Provide your UEI number and TIN on your application; and
d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information while your application is under review by the Department and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period.

The SAM registration process usually takes approximately 7 to 10 business days, but may take longer, depending on the completeness and accuracy of the data you enter into the database. The Department recommends that you register early, at least 10 to 14 business days before the application deadline. Once your registration is active, it may be 24 to 48 hours before you can access the information in, and submit an application through,

Under section 4611(d) of the ESEA, each grant recipient 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.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Estimated Average Size of Awards: Up to $4,000,000

The maximum new award amount a grantee may receive under these three competitions, taken together, is $15,000,000.

Term of Contract
Project Period: Up to 60 months

Contact Information
For further information contact:
Yvonne Crockett
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202–5900
Telephone: 202-987-1753

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and wish to access telecommunications relay services, please dial 7-1-1.

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