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FY 2021 Unsolicited Grant Opportunities

Grants to USA Researchers to
Study Education and Learning

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Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

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03/09/21 8:00 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA researchers for projects that enhance knowledge and understanding of education and learning in the United States. Funding is intended to support research, evaluation, and statistical projects that provide information about the efficacy of educational policies, practices, and programs. Activities supported by IES must be relevant to U.S. schools.

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will consider unsolicited applications for research, evaluation, and statistics projects that would make significant contributions to the mission of the organization. IES's mission is to expand fundamental knowledge and understanding of education and to provide parents, education leaders and practitioners, researchers, and the general public with unbiased, reliable, and useful information about the condition and progress of education in the United States; about education policies, programs, and practices that support learning, improve academic achievement, and increase access to education opportunities for all students; and about the effectiveness of Federal and other education programs. In addition, as appropriate to the type of project proposed and the status of IES's Standards for Excellence in Education Research (SEER) development at the time of application submission, IES expects applicants to address as many SEER domains and questions as possible. Information about SEER is found at

Under this announcement, IES will consider applications for projects that are not eligible under the FY2021 grant competitions, both open and closed.

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GrantWatch ID#: 192950

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award amounts depend on the scope of the proposed work. Over the last 5 years, the average total award was approximately $400,000. Larger awards will be considered if the scope of the proposed work requires additional funds.

Term of Contract:

Over the last 5 years, the typical performance period lasted 1 to 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Research institutions and organizations may apply.

IES does not provide funds for projects that consist solely of program delivery or the provision of services to students.

Pre-Application Information:

You may submit a prospectus at any time during the fiscal year. However, to be assured consideration for funding in FY 2021 (ending September 30, 2021), your prospectus must be received by 8:00 pm Eastern time on March 9, 2021.

IES uses a two-stage process to consider unsolicited grant applications.
1. First, submit a short prospectus. IES will evaluate the prospectus to determine if it meets the eligibility requirements and if the proposed project would make a significant contribution to its overall mission.
2. Next, if IES decides to consider the project further, you will submit a full proposal using the forms and format applicable to our regular research competitions. IES will send the full proposal out for external peer review.

If you submit a prospectus by March 9, 2021, IES will notify you via return email of its decision regarding the prospectus by May 13, 2021.

The applicant must demonstrate that the project was not eligible under one of the FY2021 grant competitions described at


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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