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Applicant Info and Eligibility

Applicant Information

**Updated 4/25/2018**

2018 SEED Competition

The Department published the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for the 2018 Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) competition on March 21, 2018.  Please fill out the intent to apply by April 5, 2018 at this link:

Timeline for 2018 SEED Competition

Application Available: March 21, 2018
Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: April 5, 2018
Deadline for Submission of Applications: May 17, 2018
Estimated Award Date: September 2018

2018 SEED Competition Forms



Please note that the SEED Application Package shown here is for applicants to download and use only as a guide. Unless the applicant qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, all SEED grant applications are submitted electronically via See the NIA for information about how to submit an application for the SEED competition.

Pre-Application Webinars

Please view the following pre-recorded webinars for guidance when completing your application: SEED Program Overview. This webinar focuses on program eligibility and program requirements.

This webinar focuses on the priorities, evidence standards, and selection criteria used in the 2018 competition.

This webinar focuses on the logistics the application process.

Download a copy of the consolidated 2018 SEED Pre-Application Webinar Slides from all three of the above webinars.

Representatives from three ED programs with a STEM/Computer Science emphasis this year hosted a webinar outlining their programs. See below for the recording of the webinar as well as the webinar slides.

STEM/CS Presentation Recording

STEM/CS Presentation Slides

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.

2017(ESSA) 2016-17(Pre-ESSA) 2015


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.
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