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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 & Review

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

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Curious about what happens to your application after it is submitted to Grants.gov? Check our new videos about the review process:

  • In After Submitting an IES Application, the IES Office of Science, which oversees the peer review of grant applications, describes what happens to your IES grant application after you submit it to Grants.gov.
  • In IES Peer Review Panel Discussions, the IES Office of Science invites you to take an inside look at a peer review panel meeting for grant applications submitted to NCER and NCSER.

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 —

  • Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice (FY2021) – 83.305N COMING SOON
    Application deadline | February 25, 2021
  • Transformative Research in the Education Sciences (FY2021) – 83.305T COMING SOON
    Application deadline | February 25, 2021
  • Education Research (FY 2021) – 84.305A CLOSED
    Application deadline | August 20, 2020
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  • Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences (FY 2021) – 84.305B CLOSED
    Application deadline | August 20, 2020
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  • Education Research and Development Centers (FY 2021) – 84.305C CLOSED
    Application deadline | August 20, 2020
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  • Statistical and Research Methodology in Education (FY 2021) – 84.305D CLOSED
    Application deadline | July 30, 2020
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  • Research Grants Focused on Systematic Replication (FY 2021) – 84.305R CLOSED
    Application deadline | August 20, 2020
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  • Using Longitudinal Data to Support State Education Policymaking (FY 2021) – 84.305S CLOSED
    Application deadline |  July 30, 2020
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Special Education Research and Training Grant Programs —

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/

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.