Last Updated April 2020

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Program Key Information Timeline POC

ED/IES SBIR – Small Business Innovation Research

$1.1M to for-profit firms for R&D and evaluation of innovative commercially viable ed-tech products for students, teachers, and administrators, across many areas in education and special education. Next RFP
winter 2020

IES Research Grants Program

$1.4M to $3.3M (mainly to universities or non-profits) for basic research, R&D of interventions and assessments, and evaluation across many topics in education. Next RFA
Early spring 2020

IES Special Education  Grants Program

$1.4M to $3.3M (mainly to universities or non-profits) for basic research, R&D of interventions and assessments, and evaluation across many topics in special education. Next RFA
Early spring 2020

Omnibus Solicitation for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications

$1.75M for IDM STEM resources that address P-12 student career choice or health and medicine topics for the community OPEN NOW 9/5/19  Due dates Jan 5, Apr 5 (current solicitation ends April 7, 2020). Tony Beck


Science Education Partnership Award

$1.35M/5 years for: development of innovative educational activities for P-12 teachers and students or interactive science center/museum health exhibits. OPEN NOW
until July 14, 2022.
Due dates are July 14, 2020; July 13, 2021; July 13, 2022
Tony Beck


Museums for America

$5 to $250K for projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Lifelong Learning category Next NOFO summer 2020

Anticipated deadline is November 16, 2020

Helen Wechsler


National Leadership Program

$50K to $1M for projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public. Digital Platforms and Applications category. Next NOFO summer 2020

Anticipated deadline is November 16, 2020

Helen Wechsler


Digital Projects for the Public

$30,000 – $300,000 to supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats. The projects must be designed to attract broad public audiences and incorporate sound humanities scholarship. Next Deadline:
Jeff Hardwick; Marc Ruppel



Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers

ITEST is an applied research and development program providing direct student learning opportunities in pre-kindergarten through high school. ITEST seeks proposals that pursue innovative instructional approaches and practices. Next Deadline:


Discovery Research PreK-12

DRK-12 seeks to enhance the learning and teaching of STEM by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Next Deadline: 8/14/2020




Advancing Informal STEM Learning


The AISL program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments. No Current Deadline Available



SBIR Program

 $1.5M for early stage R&D of innovation education technology products. June & December submissions Rajesh Mehta;


EHR Core Research

ECR Core invites proposals for fundamental research (basic research or use-inspired basic research) that advances knowledge in one or more of the three Research Tracks: STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and Research on STEM Workforce Development Next Deadline:


ECR: BCSER: EHR Core Research (ECR): Building Capacity in STEM

ECR: BCSER supports activities that enable early and mid-career researchers to acquire the requisite expertise and skills to conduct rigorous fundamental research in STEM education. Next Deadline:


CSforAll: RPP

Computer Science for All  

This program aims to provide all U.S. students the opportunity to participate in computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) education in their schools at the preK-12 levels. This solicitation focuses on researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that foster the research and development needed to bring CS and CT to all schools. Next Deadline:


Karen King


Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier

Funds exploratory and synergistic research in learning technologies to prepare learners to excel in work at the human-technology frontier. Next Deadline:


SBIR – Small Business Innovation Research Program

Offers 6-month $100K Phase I grants and 2-year $575K Phase II to for-profit U.S. businesses to R&D innovative commercially viable products and services designed to meet the needs of individuals with all types of disabilities across the age span.


Next Deadline:

Multiple dates