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The FY2023 ED/IES SBIR Program Is Now Closed

The US Department of Education and Institute of Education Sciences' Small Business Innovation Research Program (ED/IES SBIR) provides seed funding to for-profit small businesses and partners to develop and evaluate new research-based commercially viable education technology products.

The ED/IES SBIR FY2023 solicitations are now closed. It is anticipated that the next opportunity to submit a proposal to ED/IES SBIR will be in FY2024. Additional information on the timeline for the FY2024 program will be posted on this page in summer, 2023.

The information posted below on the FY2023 solicitations is for informational purposes only.

In FY2023, ED/IES SBIR released three open solicitations, including Phase IA, Phase IB, and a Direct to Phase II.

  • Phase IA solicitation #91990023R0001 was a request for proposals for $250,000 awards for 8-months for the research and development (R&D) and evaluation of prototypes of entirely new education technology products where no or limited previous technological development has occurred. The goal of the Phase IA track is to stimulate novel approaches to solve pressing problems in education.
  • Phase IB solicitation #91990022R0011 was a request for proposals for $250,000 awards for 8-months for R&D and evaluation of prototypes of a new component to be added to an existing education technology prototype or product. The goal of the Phase IB track is to strengthen existing research-based prototypes or products in addressing pressing problems in education.
  • Direct to Phase II solicitation #91990022R0012 was a request for proposals for $1,000,000 for 2-years for R&D 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. The existing education innovation is required to have originally been created by researchers at either universities (or other academic institutions) or non-profit education research organizations. Direct to Phase II projects are awarded without a prior Phase I award.

For more information, contact the ED/IES SBIR Program Manager at