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Fiscal Year 2024 ED/IES SBIR Program Solicitation Information

Updated: January 19, 2024

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

The Fiscal Year 2024 Direct to Phase II Solicitation is NOW OPEN

The ED/IES SBIR Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Direct to Phase II solicitation opened on January 5, 2024. The submission date and time is March 5, 2024 at 11:00AM EST.

  • The Direct to Phase II solicitation #91990024R0012 is 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. Projects that focus on advancing innovations that are not evidence-based will not be eligible for the Direct to Phase II program. 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. The solicitation can be downloaded as PDF and MS Word files under "Attachments/Links" which is located near the bottom of this SAM.gov page: https://sam.gov/opp/3f392d29b6404a47bc6b6496689c0388/view.

The Fiscal Year 2024 Phase IA and Phase IB Solicitations are NOW CLOSED The ED/IES SBIR Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Phase IA and IB solicitations closed on January 19, 2024. ED/IES SBIR only operates one Phase I program per year. The next opportunity for Phase I funding will be available in FY 2025, likely in late 2024 or early 2025. The below descriptions of the now closed FY 2024 solicitations are presented for informational purposes only.

  • Phase IA solicitation #91990024R0010 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 (i.e., first of its kind) approaches to solve pressing problems in education. Successful Phase IA awardees will be eligible to apply for a Phase II award for $1,000,000 in FY2025 to fully develop and evaluate the new education technology product over a period of 2 years and to prepare for commercialization. The solicitation is located near the bottom of this SAM.gov page: https://sam.gov/opp/3c6fc30e158b4fd5b30896741b884834/view.
  • Phase IB solicitation #91990024R0011 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 research-based 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. Successful Phase I awardees will be eligible to apply for a Phase II award for $1,000,000 in FY 2025, to fully develop and evaluate the component and the existing education technology product over a period of 2 years and to prepare for commercialization of a new version of the product. The solicitation is located near the bottom of this SAM.gov page: https://sam.gov/opp/62eecd7b6de54d98a010b0623c101c37/view.

Notes

  • Offerors are not permitted to submit a duplicate or similar proposals under the FY2024 Direct to Phase II solicitation as were submitted under with the now closed 2024 Phase IA or Phase IB solicitations. Any duplicate or similar proposals that are submitted under more than one solicitation will be rejected without review. (Offerors are permitted to submit multiple proposals to one or more of the ED/IES SBIR solicitations, provided the focus of and R&D to be conducted in each proposal is different.)
  • Please note that while the FY2024 program solicitations are open, ED/IES SBIR Program Manager Edward Metz and the ED/IES SBIR Program Analyst Laurie Hobbs are not permitted to address questions from potential offerors. Any questions about the solicitations can be submitted via email to the Contracts Specialist listed in the solicitation. All responses will be provided in writing and posted as an Amendment on the same websites where the solicitations are posted.