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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) 2021 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 29 new contracts have been awarded for FY 2021.

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. 18 Phase I awards were made for $200,000 each 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 2022.

The Phase I awards are:

Inclusive Talking Diagrams: Combining Sound Based AR and Tactile Pieces for Accessible Visual Based STEM Communication
Alchemie, Sarah Wegwerth

Development and Validation of a Game-based Mathematics Assessment Using Concrete Representations of Math
Brainquake, Randy Weiner

HATCH: A Binge-Worthy Educational TV Show
Caprock Creative, Chad Stockton

Modernizing Reading Assessment with Scenario-Based Tasks
Charmtech Labs, Yevgen Borodin

K–5 Music Education Platform for Elementary Schools Without Music Programs
Edify, Jacob Zax

Creating a Data-Based Decision-Making and Recommendation Tool for Reading Comprehension Instruction Using Diagnostic Results from MOCCA
Emberex, Nate Bernstein

Challenge Feedback Tool for Mentor and Students
Future Engineers, Deanne Belle

Online Oral Phonological Awareness Assessment
Literably, Tyler Borak

Lyrics2Learn Phonetics: Combining Music, Movement, and Algorithmic Adaptive Questioning to Build Phonemic Awareness in Pre-K and Kindergarten Students
Lyrics2Learn, Jeremy Spartz

SmartWheels for Hands On Physical Science
Myriad Sensors, Clifton Roozeboom

Leveraging Machine Learning to Improve Teacher Hiring Outcomes
Nimble Hiring, Lauren Dachille

STEM Collaboration Performance Assessment Prototype
Peeceptiv, Jonathan Olshock

Project Anywhere Learning Hub
RockByRock, Sung-Ae Yang

Effective Foreign Language Education through Immersive Role Playing Video Games
Scholarcade, Dan Turcotte

Early Intervention Orientation and Mobility App with Pediatric Can and Smart Belt for Toddlers
Soterix Medical, Abhishek Datta

Sown To Grow: Enabling SEL Growth Using Machine Learning
Sown to Grow, Rupa Gupta

POWER Writing
ThinkAUM, Leslie Laud

SEL Question Digital Platform to Modernize and Advance Assessment of Student Social Emotional Competences
xSel Labs, Maria Kharitonova

Phase II Awards (standard topics)
Phase II projects support further research and development of prototypes of education technology products that were funded by 2020 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. Eleven Phase II awards were made for $900,000 each for 2 years.

The Phase II awards are:

SkillCheck: Automatic Early Reading Diagnosis and Intervention
Analytic Measures, Jared Bernstein

GoManage: A Self-Management Curriculum App for Students with Disabilities
Attainment Company, Carol Stanger

vCoder with AI Assisted Learning
Beachday Studios, Angela Patterson

Interactive Audio Technology to Build Phonological Awareness and Early Childhood Literacy
Hoogalit, Aparna Ramanathan

LoomVue Browser: Supporting Language Learning with a Dynamic Diglot Weave
Kings Peak Technology, Grant Rowberry

Combining AI (Machine Learning and Game-Based Learning to Support English Learners)
KooApps, Wang Chun-Kai

Delivering and Demystifying Data for Literacy Leaders to Transform Reading Outcomes at Scale
Learning Ovations, Sarah Seigal

ACE – A Music Creation Engine to Improve Algebra Readiness
Muzology, Lana Israel

AI-Driven Formative Assessments for Hands-on Science
Myriad Sensors, Clifton Roozeboom

Teachley Math Practice Kits: Transmedia resources to support students' metacognitive math reasoning
Teachley, Dana Pager

Teachley Problem-Solving Assessment: Supporting Teachers to Assess and Promote Students' Mathematical Thinking
Teachley, Rachael Labrecque