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Education Innovation and Research

CFDA Number: 84.411A (Expansion grants);
84.411B (Mid-phase grants);
84.411C (Early-phase grants)
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also known as: Education Innovation and Research (EIR)

Pre-Application Webinar

On April 24, 2018, the Department hosted a webinar highlighting some of the programs that can support STEM and Computer Science education under the new Secretary’s Supplemental Priorities. You can access the recorded webinar using the following link:

FY 2018 Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Competition Announcement

On April 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education published in the Federal Register, three notices inviting applications for the Education Innovation and Research Program’s Early-phase, Mid-phase, and Expansion competitions.

Informational Recordings for Applicants and Call for Peer Reviewers

To access informational recordings about the 2018 EIR application process or to find out how to become a peer reviewer for the 2018 EIR Competition, please visit the FY 2018 Competition page.

Program Description

The Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program, established under section 4611 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), provides funding to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students; and rigorously evaluate such innovations. The EIR program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students.

There are three types of grants under this program: “Early-phase” grants, “Mid-phase” grants, and “Expansion” grants.  These 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.




Kelly Terpak
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20202
(202) 453-7122
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