The U.S. Department of Education announced the launch of the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grant competition for 2017. EIR is a new grant program established in the Every Student Succeeds Act and is the successor of the Obama Administration’s Investing in Innovation grant program (i3), which invested $1.4 billion in 172 i3 projects across all 50 states.
Like its predecessor, EIR supports state and local efforts to develop, implement and take to scale innovative and evidence-based projects. About 25 percent of EIR grant funds will support rural areas.
EIR differs from i3 in a few ways: states, in addition to districts, states will now be eligible to receive grants, and states and districts may also collaborate with a wider range of organizations on their EIR projects.
EIR will award grants for new and ongoing projects:
Early-phase grants are focused on launching, iterating and refining innovative new practices that have the potential for future scaling; and,
The deadline for intent to apply is February 13, 2017, and the applications are due April 13, 2017. The estimated range of awards is as follows:
Early-phase grants: $700,000-$800,000 per year
Mid-phase grants: $1,400,000-$1,600,000 per year
Expansion grants: $2,750,000-$3,000,000 per year
Grantees may design projects up to 5 years in duration.
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