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Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
and IHEs for Educational Research

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

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08/12/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, public and private agencies, and institutions of higher education, such as colleges and universities, for educational research. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support the development of a wide range of statistical and methodological products, including new or improved methods, toolkits, guidelines, compendia, review papers, and software, to better enable education scientists to conduct rigorous education research. Researchers should plan to disseminate their products to education researchers who may use them in their own work as well as to methods researchers who may further develop or make use of them.

For FY 2022, IES is accepting Methods applications under two topics:

  1. The Core Grants topic (previously called Regular Grants topic) supports the development of new and improved statistical and research methods and their dissemination to education researchers through such products as articles in applied education journals, working papers and monographs, software, and toolkits describing how to use them. In addition, the Core Grants topic supports the compilation of existing research and information for a given method into products that help education researchers understand and apply the method. These products include toolkits, guidelines, compendia, and review papers. These products should be tried out by education researchers to ensure their usability, revised as needed, then broadly disseminated.
  2. The Early Career Grants topic supports the development of new and improved statistical and research methods by early career researchers (defined as those who have received their doctorate on or after April 1, 2017) with the support of a mentor or advisory panel. Researchers who meet the early career definition can choose to apply under Core Grants or Early Career Grants for support to develop new or improved methods. Early career researchers who wish to compile existing research and information into toolkits, guidelines, compendia, and review papers should apply under Core Grants. 

 IES is interested in seeing applications that address the following:

  • Generalizability of Findings
  • Single-case Designs
  • Data Science Tools for Education Researchers
  • Synthetic Datasets
  • Quasi-experimental Designs (QEDs)
  • Interpreting Impacts
  • Methods for Synthesizing Qualitative Evidence
  • Addressing the Disruptions to Research Caused by COVID-19:
  • Variability in Effects
  • Replication
  • Supporting the Standards for Excellence in Education Research (SEER)

More information about these topics can be found starting at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189029

Estimated Size of Grant:

Core Grants:
- Toolkits, Guidelines, Compendia, and Review Papers: $350,000
- New or Improved Methods: $900,000

Early Career Grants: $300,000

Term of Contract:

Core Grants:
- Toolkits, Guidelines, Compendia, and Review Papers: 2 years
- New or Improved Methods: 3 years

Early Career Grants: 2 years


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • 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
  • Private 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:

Eligible Applicants: Applicants that have the ability and capacity to conduct scientifically valid research are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, nonprofit and for-profit organizations and public and private agencies and institutions of higher education, such as colleges and universities.

Eligible State agencies include the State education agency (SEA) responsible for the State’s K-12 sector as well as State agencies responsible for other specific education sectors such as prekindergarten, career and technical education, postsecondary education, and adult education. State agencies may apply alone, or in conjunction with research organizations such as universities and research firms, and/or with other appropriate organizations (such as other State agencies or local education agencies). The State agency must be the grantee and must provide the Principal Investigator.

Broadening Participation in the Education Sciences: IES is interested in broadening institutional participation in its research programs. IES encourages applications from minority-serving institutions (MSIs), alone or in combination with other institutions, that meet the eligibility criteria for this RFA. MSIs include Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions, American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Predominantly Black Institutions, and Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions.

Federal grant funds cannot be used to pay for alcoholic beverages or entertainment, which includes costs for amusement, diversion, and social activities. In general, federal funds may not be used to pay for food. A grantee hosting a meeting or conference may not use grant funds to pay for food for conference attendees unless doing so is necessary to accomplish legitimate meeting or conference business.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Package Available: June 15, 2021
- Letter of Intent Due: July 8, 2021
- Application Deadline: 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 12, 2021
- Possible Start Dates: March 1 – September 1, 2022

Letters of Intent (LOIs) are non-binding and optional but strongly recommended. If you submit an LOI, a program officer will contact you regarding your proposed research. IES staff also use the information in the LOI to identify the expertise needed for the scientific peer review panels and to secure a sufficient number of reviewers to handle the anticipated number of applications.

IES provides technical assistance to applicants that addresses the appropriateness of project ideas for this competition. IES program officers work with applicants through a variety of formats up until the time of submission. If you submit a letter of intent (LOI), a program officer will contact you regarding your proposed project. IES also provides Funding Opportunities Webinars (live and on demand) that include advice on choosing the correct competition, grant writing, and submitting your application.

After applications are fully uploaded and validated at, the U.S. Department of Education receives the applications for processing and transfer to the IES Peer Review Information Management Online (PRIMO) system. PRIMO allows applicants to track the progress of their application via the Applicant Notification System (ANS).

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 PD/PI and the AOR will receive invitation emails. Approximately 4 to 6 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. See the IES Application Submission Guide ( for additional information about ANS and PRIMO. Once an application has been submitted and the application deadline has passed, you may not submit additional materials or information for inclusion with your 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.

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The program officer for this competition is:
Dr. Phill Gagné
Telephone: 202-245-7139

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