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Funding Opportunities

To complete and submit an FY 2021 application, you need to —

  1. Review the IES Application Submission Guide
  2. Review the Request for Applications for the relevant competition
  3. Download and complete the Application Package for the relevant competition

IES Application Submission Guide

The IES Application Submission Guide provides information on how to prepare and submit applications electronically through Grants.gov.

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FY 2021 Requests for Applications

The various Requests for Applications describe the substantive requirement for research and research training applications. IES will post the FY 2021 Requests for Applications on this page as they become available.

Education Research and Training Grant Programs —

Special Education Research and Training Grant Programs —

Note: IES has revised the following RFAs and recommends that you download the corrected version:

  • 84.305B (second revision June 19, 2020): further clarified that existing Pathways grantees may apply for renewal projects
  • 84.305D (revised May 19, 2020): added Part IIV, Program Codes

FY 2021 Grants.Gov Application Packages

Grants.gov Application Packages provide all the forms that you must complete and submit to apply for the funding opportunities listed on this page.

Application Packages will be available on https://www.grants.gov/ on the following days:

  • May 7, 2020 – Competitions 84.305D and 84.305S
  • June 11, 2020 – Competitions 84.305A, 84.305B, 84.305C, 84.305R, 84.324A, 84.324B, 84.305P, and 84.324R

To find the correct downloadable Application Package, you must first search by the CFDA number for your Request for Applications without the alpha suffix. Use 84.305 for RFAs associated with Education Research and Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences competed by the National Center for Education Research. Use 84.324 for RFAs associated with Special Education Research and Research Training in Special Education programs competed by the National Center for Special Education Research. The search will yield more than one package. Select the package for the competition and deadline to which you are applying. See the relevant Request for Applications for further details.

Warning: As a reminder, your institution must be registered in SAM.gov and Grants.gov before you can submit an application to IES.

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For general inquires, contact the Institute of Education Sciences. For questions about specific FY 2021 funding opportunities, contact the National Center for Education Research or the National Center for Special Education Research. IES also offers a series of webinars related to research funding opportunities. For more information regarding webinar topics, browse here.

For assistance with downloading or submitting your application package through Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov customer support team at support@grants.gov, https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html, or 1-800-518-4726.