Funding Opportunities | Education Research Grant Programs

Program Announcement: Low-Cost, Short Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions CFDA 84.305L

Program Officer:
Dr. Phill Gagné
Telephone: (202) 245-7139
Email: Phill.Gagné

Dr. Allen Ruby
Telephone: (202) 245-8145


In this announcement, the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) requests applications for its Low-Cost, Short Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions (Low-Cost Evaluation) grant program.

The program is designed to support rigorous evaluations of education interventions that state or local education agencies expect to produce meaningful improvements in student education outcomes within a short period (for example, within a single semester or academic year). These evaluations are to be conducted for $250,000 or less and completed within two years. The program will be carried out by research institutions and state or local education agencies working together as partners. The evaluations will use randomized controlled trials or regression discontinuity designs to determine the impact of interventions on student education outcomes, and will rely on administrative data or other sources of secondary data to provide measures of these student outcomes. The costs of interventions and their implementation are to be covered by the state and/or local education agency. Evaluation results are to be disseminated throughout the education agency and to the public before the end of the grant.

Applicants may propose to evaluate interventions for students in prekindergarten, K–12, postsecondary, or adult education. At every level, the Institute is mainly interested in interventions that are expected to improve outcomes for students who are struggling or at risk of failure. The Institute is not specifying categories of interventions beyond those that can be evaluated prospectively, in a timely fashion, and are of high importance to the education agency

The Institute views Low-Cost Evaluation projects as a means to obtain rigorous evidence of impact that state and district education agencies can use in making timely decisions regarding the scaling-up or revision of education interventions. The Institute recognizes that Low-Cost Evaluation projects fill a specific niche in the evaluation process and are not applicable to all types of interventions (e.g., multi-year interventions), situations (e.g., where the necessary data are not available from a secondary source), or research needs (e.g., where collecting data on implementation is a priority). Through this grant program, the Institute intends to support education agency decision-making and to learn more about the value of this type of evaluation.