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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 ALN 84.305 or ALN 84.324).
  4. Submit your Letter of Intent (optional but strongly encouraged).
  5. Register (or update) your organization on and Read the Department's Fact Sheet for information about the Federal government's transition from DUNS Number to Unique Entity Identifier (UEI).
  6. Submit your application to 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).