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Applicant Info and Eligibility

Applicant Information

There are no currently active SEED competitions. Please continue to check our site for future competition information. For general information about the program see the resources provided below.

SEED Program Overview -This webinar focuses on eligibility and other program requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Evidence Resources

The SEED program worked with IES to create additional resources with information on how to meet the evidence requirements for this year’s competition. These two resources are checklists that help applicants go through some key things they need to ensure their citations are likely to meet the required evidence standard.

Moderate Evidence Checklist

Promising Evidence Checklist

The two presentations below go into more detail on the ED Evidence definitions and how to use the WWC to identify existing evidence that meets the Moderate Evidence definition. For each presentation we have a file with just the slides and script and another with the audio recording included.

Understanding ED Evidence Definitions Audio
Understanding ED Evidence Definitions Script
Using the WWC to Find Strong or Moderate Evidence Audio
Using the WWC to Find Strong or Moderate Evidence Script

Evaluation Resources

The SEED program has compiled a range of resources to help organizations design and implement evaluations that are consistent with the What Works Clearinghouse standards.

Evaluation Resource Database

Previous Competitions

To learn more about previous competitions, please visit the links below.



The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) expanded the eligibility for the SEED program. ESSA allows the following entity types to apply for a SEED grant. Please see the NIA for additional eligibility information, program requirements, and definitions.

Who may apply:

  1. an institution of higher education that provides course materials or resources that are evidence-based in increasing academic achievement, graduation rates, or rates of postsecondary education matriculation;
  2. a national nonprofit entity with a demonstrated record of raising student academic achievement, graduation rates, and rates of higher education attendance, matriculation, or completion, or of effectiveness in providing preparation and professional development activities and programs for teachers, principals, or other school leaders;
  3. the Bureau of Indian Education; or
  4. a partnership consisting of—
    1. 1 or more entities described in paragraph (1) or (2); and
    2. a for-profit entity.