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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) 2018 Awards

The Small Business Innovation Research program at the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences' (ED/IES SBIR) provides funding to small business firms and partners for the research and development of commercially viable education technology products designed to support student learning, teacher practice, or school administration in education or special education.

A total of 21 new contracts have been awarded for FY 2018.

Phase I Awards

Phase I projects allow teams to develop, refine, and test usability and initial feasibility of prototypes of commercially viable education technology products. 15 Phase I awards were made in amounts up to $200,000 for 8 months. These projects are designed to support student learning, teacher practice, or school administration in education or special education. These awardees will be eligible to apply for Phase II funding in Fiscal Year 2019.

The Phase I awards are:

Learning to Code with a Pretend Play Storytelling Model
Codespark, Joe Shochet

Modernizing the Reading Roots Intervention
Sirius Thinking, Christopher Cerf

Teacher Dashboard 2.0 for Learning Creative Computer Programming
VidCode, Alexandra Diracles

A More Perfect Union
Gigantic Mechanic, Greg Trefry

CTE School-to-Work Mastery Learning
Core Learning, Heather Wilmot

History Maker
Schell Games, Jesse Schell

Developmentally appropriate technology for science assessment in early elementary grades
3C Institute, Melissa DeRosier

Mix Libris
Fablevision, Gary Goldberger

Innovative IEP Goal Creation: Equipping Special and General Educators
Education Modified, Melissa Corto

Graspable Math Activities
Graspable, Erik R Weitnauer

Expanding Tyto Online: Earth & Space Science Quests & Sandbox for Middle School
Immersed Games, Lindsey Tropf

Structured Adaptivity for Computer Science Coding
Zyante, Smita Bakshi

Go Write
Attainment Company, Carol Stanger

Speaking and Listening Learning System
Language Learning Partners, William Lorié,

Real-Time Formative Assessment of NGSS Mathematics Practices for High School Physical Science
Apprendis, Mike Sao Pedro

Phase II Awards
Phase II projects support further research and development of prototypes of education technology products that were funded by 2017 ED/IES SBIR Phase I awards. In the Phase II project, the teams 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 the intended outcomes. Six Phase II awards were made for amounts up to $900,000 for 2 years.

The Phase II awards are:

Interactive Administrator Dashboard for Improving School-Wide Behavior Supports
LiveSchool, Inc., Matthew Rubinstein

Mission US: Time Snap
Electric Funstuff, Inc., Leah Potter

A Novel Platform for High-Quality Formative Assessment in Mathematics
Simbulus, Inc., Brett Milne

Multimodal Bilingual Platform and Formative Evaluation Dashboard for English Language Learners
Storyworld International Corporation, Cynthia Harrison Barbera

CloudLab: Software Development for Hands-On Science Learning
Myriad Sensors, Clifton Roozebook

Fate and Fortune: A Story-Based Algebra Simulator of High Seas Trade
MidSchoolMath, Scott Laidlaw