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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) 2022 Awards

Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) 2022 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 and testing of commercially viable education technology products designed to support student learning, teacher practice, or school administration in education or special education.

A total of 20 new contracts have been awarded for FY 2022. (Two additional Phase I awards are forthcoming and will be posted on this page when finalized.)

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. 10 Phase I awards were made for $250,000 each for 8 months. (Note: Two additional Phase I awards are forthcoming and will be added to this website page after the contracts are finalized.) 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 2023.

The Phase I awards are:

Intelligent Augmentation for Teachers with Algorithmic Understanding of Student Comprehension of Computer Science Concepts
2Sigma School, Vishal Goenka

A novel water quality measurement system as a teaching aid for environmental education
GaiaXus LLC, Dietrich Ruehlmann

Election Lab Online
Indelible Learning, Inc., Jasminka Criley

EdScape XR
MindTrust, Mark Grossnickle

Educational Leadership Virtual Practicum System
Pragmatic Solutions, Stacey Kruse

StepWise Virtual Tutor for Math Word Problems
Querium, Elaine Kant

Project SCALE: Sustainable Coaching and Adaptive Learning for Education
Reading Ways, John Fahey

Guided Writing Assessment System
Scrible, Inc., Victor Karkar

Game Changers: Building and Deploying a Library of Strategically-Targeted Web Games, For Use in the Classroom and at Home, to Increase Student Achievement in Literacy
Sirius Thinking, Christopher Cerf

Dear Smart Girl: Game-Based STEM Career Exploration For Elementary Aged
Girls
Smart Girls HQ, LLC, Abi Olukeye

STAR At Home App
Star Autism Support, Joel Arick

Individualized Phonological Awareness Test with Sets of Familiar Words to Advance the Science of Reading
studio:Sckaal group llc, Randall Sckaal

Phase II Awards (standard topics)
Phase II projects support further research and development of prototypes of education technology products that were funded by 2021 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. Nine Phase II awards were made for $1,000,000 each for 2 years.

The Phase II awards are:

Kasi Learning System: Accessible Science Diagrams through Multisensory Augmented Reality
Alchemie Solutions, Inc (dba Alchemie), Julia Winter

Capti Assess: Personalizing Reading for Understanding Assessments with Adaptive Multistage Design
Charmtech Labs, LLC, Yury Puzis

Music Education Platform for Elementary Schools Without Music Programs
Edify Technologies, Inc., Jacob Zax

Challenge Feedback Tool
Future Engineers, Marisa Cleghorn

A Comprehensive Online Literacy Assessment with Oral Assessment of Foundational Skills
Literably, Inc., Tyler Borek

SmartWheels for Hands-on Physical Science
Myriad Sensors, Clifton Roozeboom

Sown To Grow - Enabling Growth Through a Comprehensive Social Emotional Learning and Refection Platform Powered By Machine Learning
Sown To Grow, Inc., Rupa Gupta

Advancing Early Intervention Orientation & Mobility App with Pediatric Belt Cane
Soterix Medical, Inc., Abhishek Datta

SEL Quest Digital Platform to Modernize and Advance Assessment of Student Social and Emotional Competencies 
xSEL Labs, Maria Kharitonova

Direct to Phase II Award
Direct to Phase II awards support the research and development and evaluation of new education technology products to ready existing researcher-developed evidence-based innovations (products, interventions, practices) for use at scale, and to plan for commercialization. Direct to Phase II projects are awarded without a prior Phase I award. The goal of the Direct to Phase II is to support the successful transfer of research to practice at scale in education and special education. In the one Direct to Phase II project that was awarded in 2022 for $1,000,000 for 2 years, the team will fully develop the product, and conduct a pilot study to (i) demonstrate the promise of the new education technology product to be ready for scale (e.g., to be usable, feasible, and can be implemented with fidelity) and (ii) to demonstrate that the outcomes that result from using the new product are consistent (or similar) with the outcomes from prior studies that demonstrated that the existing innovation was evidence-based.

New INSIGHTS: A Technology-Enhanced Social and Emotional Learning Intervention
INSIGHTS Intervention, LLC, Sandee McClowry