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IES Announces Nearly $8 Million in Funding for Education Technology
May 4, 2017

IES Announces Nearly $8 Million in Funding for Education Technology

The Institute of Education Science (IES) announces nearly $8 million to 18 organizations for the development and testing of education technology designed to improve teaching and learning. The awards were made through the U.S. Department of Education's Small Business Innovation Research programs (ED/IES SBIR), which is administered by IES's National Center for Education Research.

The 2017 ED/IES SBIR funding includes 11 Phase I projects, which allow teams to develop and refine prototypes of commercially viable education technology products and test usability and initial feasibility of those prototypes. These contracts are for no more than $150,000 and run for six months (May 1, 2017 – October 31, 2017).

IES also made seven Phase II awards, which support further research and development of prototypes of education technology products that were funded by 2016 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.  These contracts are for a maximum of $900,000 and run for two years (May 1, 2017 – April 30, 2019).

Over the past fifteen years, the SBIR program has made more than 200 awards for the development of education technology, including apps, games, programs, dashboards, assessments and more. Products developed with ED/IES SBIR funds are being used in thousands of schools across the nation.

To learn more about the program and to see abstracts and videos of funded projects, visit the IES SBIR website.

To learn more about the 2017 ED/IES SBIR awards, read this post on the IES blog.

2017 ED/IES SBIR Awards
Click on linked title to see abstract and, if available, video of prototype

Phase 1
(Project name, Awardee, Principal Investigator)

Phase II Awards
(Project name, Awardee, Principal Investigator)

Media Contact: Dana Tofig, Communications Director, Institute of Education Sciences, 202-245-8235,