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Small Business Innovation Research

FY 2014 Small Business Innovation Research Awards

The IES Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides funding to small business firms and partners for the research and development (R&D) of commercially viable education technology products. A total of 15 new contracts have been awarded for FY 2014 in three categories: Phase I, Phase II, and Fast-Track awards.

Phase I Awards (12)

Twelve Phase I awards were made in amounts up to $150,000 for 6 months. In Phase I projects, the teams develop, refine, and test initial usability and feasibility of prototypes of commercially viable education technology products. These projects are designed to support student learning or to facilitate teacher practices. Phase I awardees will be eligible to apply for Phase II funding in Fiscal Year 2015. The Phase I awards are:

Technology-enhanced tutoring: Linking school and home to help struggling readers
Sirius Thinking, Christopher Cerf

The Iowa assessment of skills and knowledge for automatic word recognition and decoding
Foundations in Learning, Carolyn Brown

Happy Atoms
Schell Games, Jesse Schell

Eco: An online virtual world for secondary school environmental literacy and collaborative problem solving
Strange Loop Games, John Krajewski

The eSparkBeat: A pulse on the modern classroom
eSpark inc., Maya Lopuch

Engaging Students in STEM: international social collaborative exchange network for education: iSCENE
ActiveED Joint Adventure, Andri Loannidou

Automated, personalized formative feedback for student writing with the LightSide Revision Assistant
Lightside Labs, Inc., Elijah Mayfield

Socrative Learning Network
Socrative, Zach Wagner

Zaption Mobile: Develop and Testing a Mobile App for Video Learning
Zaption, Chris Walsh

Enhancing augmentative and alternative communication rates in pre-K through 6
Speak Agent, Benjamin Grimley

A Game-Based Intervention to Promote Executive Function and Reasoning in Early Learning
Kiko Labs, Inc., Grace Wardhana

Expanding Supports for Data-Driven Language Instruction
Lingo Jingo, Inc., Andy Grant

Phase II Awards (1)

One Phase II award was made for $899,996 for 2 years. This project will continue research and development of a prototype of an education technology product that was previously funded by a 2013 IES SBIR Phase I award. In the Phase II project, the team will complete the development of the product, and conduct a pilot study in schools to demonstrate the usability and feasibility, fidelity of implementation, and the promise of the product to improve students on the intended outcomes. The Phase II award is:

Access: Language Arts
Attainment Company, Carol Stanger

Fast-Track (Phase I & II) Awards (2)

Two Fast-Track (Phase I & II) awards were made in amounts up to $150,000 for 6 months for Phase I and up to $900,000 for 2 years for Phase II. Through the Fast-Track option, the Institute funds meritorious proposals for activities that cover both the Phase I and Phase II periods, thus eliminating a funding gap between Phase I and Phase II. The Fast-Track awards are:

Commercializing the effective K-3 Assessment to Instruction (A2i) intervention to reduce cost and to scale access to the benefit of more students
Learning Ovations, Jay Connor

S3: A Game-based 3rd Grade Math Curriculum
Sokikom, Snehal Patel