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Steps to Applying for IES Grants

  1. Identify a current funding opportunity that matches your research interests and identify the relevant letter of intent and application deadlines and sign up for IES newsflashes to stay informed.
  2. View a funding opportunities webinar to learn more about the application process and choosing an appropriate funding opportunity and attend our virtual office hour sessions for general, group discussions.
  3. Download the Application Submission Guide, as well as the appropriate Request for Applications and application package (Search for CFDA 84.305 or CFDA 84.324).
  4. Submit your Letter of Intent (optional but strongly encouraged).
  5. Register (or update) your organization on Grants.gov and SAM.gov.
  6. Submit your application to Grants.gov before the application deadline.

Standards and Review

A green pencil checking off boxesThe Standards and Review Office (SRO) is responsible for the scientific peer review process for the grant applications.

IES Peer Review Panel Discussions

After Submitting an IES Application

Learn More about IES Grants

Please read an Overview of IES Research and Research Training Grants Programs to learn more about research and training programs supported by IES. You can also learn more about grants funded by IES by using our project search tool.


Need Help? For general inquires, contact IES. For questions about specific funding opportunities, contact the National Center for Education Research (84.305 RFAs) or the National Center for Special Education Research (84.324 RFAs).

FY 2022 Funding Opportunities for Research and Training

Important Dates and Deadlines

Federal Register Notices (6/10/2021 & 9/14/2021)

The Department is providing additional time for applications submitted for the FY2022 Education Research, Research Training in the Education Sciences, Research Grants Focused on Systematic Replications, and Research to Accelerate Recovery in Special Education Grant Programs competitions, Assistance Listing Numbers 84.305A, 84.305B, 84.305R and 84.324X, for applicants in areas in for which the President has issued a major disaster declaration due to extreme weather in the last three weeks. The deadline for transmittal of applications for affected applicants is September 30, 2021. The Federal Register notice is available for additional details.

Education Research and Training

FY 2022 RFAs will be posted on a rolling basis.

* The 84.305B RFA was updated on 7/16/2021 and the 84.305R RFA was updated on 7/22/2021. Please download an updated copy.

Special Education Research and Training

Grants awarded through 84.324X will be supported by the American Rescue Plan.

Due to limited Research in Special Education funds available for new awards, NCSER will not release any additional competitions in FY 2022.

To view the closed FY 2021 RFAs, click on the following links: Special Education Research (84.324A) and Research Training Programs in Special Education (84.324B), Research Grants Focused on NAEP Process Data for Learners with Disabilities (84.324P), and Research Grants Focused on Systematic Replication (84.324R).

FY 2022 Funding Opportunities for Research and Training

FY 2022 opportunities are available here and webinars are available online.

FY 2021 Funding Opportunities for Research and Training (Closed)

Archived copies of the Request for applications and webinars are available online.

Other IES Funding Opportunities