FY 2020 Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Competitions


FY 2020 Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Competition Announcement

On April 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education published in the Federal Register, the notice inviting applications for the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program’s  Mid-phase  competition. The notice inviting applications for the EIR program’s Early-phase competition will be released at a future date. At this time, the U.S. Department of Education does not intend to release a notice inviting applications for the EIR Expansion competition for FY 2020.

On April 13, 2020, the Department published a Notice of Proposed Priority in the Federal Register related to teacher-directed professional learning. The deadline for public comments is May 13, 2020.



  • Details Forthcoming


  • Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: April 30, 2020
  • Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 15, 2020
  • Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 14, 2020

The following competition-specific Notice includes additional details:

Application Materials for Early-phase and Mid-phase Competitions

Each application will be reviewed under the competition it was submitted under in the Grants.gov system, and only applications that are successfully submitted by the established deadline will be peer reviewed. Applicants should be careful that they download the intended EIR application package and to submit their applications under the intended EIR competition.

Notice of Intent to Apply

Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify the Department of intent to submit an application for funding under the Education Innovation and Research Program (EIR). Please note that an entity that submits a notice of intent to apply is not obligated to apply for an EIR grant, nor is it bound to the information provided in its notice of intent to apply.

Eligibility Checklist Documents

This Eligibility Checklist document provides guidance on how applicants may consider documenting the eligibility requirements. Applicants may consider attaching their documentation for eligibility requirements to the SF 424 Form and Appendix F.

  • Applicant Eligibility Instructions—Early-phase Grants Forthcoming
  • Applicant Eligibility Instructions—Mid-phase Grants MS Word (72 KB)
  • Applicant Eligibility Instructions Example PDF (251 KB)

Evidence Checklist

This Evidence Requirements Checklist is intended to help applicants determine what studies to include on the Evidence Form with their application for the purposes of meeting the evidence requirement. Applicants can use the checklist as an informal worksheet to understand the evidence criteria used to review studies and learn about additional evidence-related resources available online.

  • Applicant Evidence Checklist—Mid-phase MS Word (60 KB)

Pre-Application Webinar

Overview of the FY2020 EIR Competition: Pre-recorded Webinar

Informational PowerPoints and Resources

These informational PowerPoints are meant to introduce you to the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program and will provide you with a general overview of the EIR program’s purposes, its three-tiered funding structure, and the three separate EIR grant competitions. The goal is to help you better understand the program and what you need to know to prepare a successful application.

If you are planning to apply to EIR, you should read carefully the specific notice inviting applications (NIA) and the specific application package for the competition to which you are applying. These slides are for information purposes only, and applicants should rely upon the NIA for the official competition requirements.

Informational PowerPoints Click on PowerPoints Below
1 Overview of EIR’s Competitions PowerPoint (919 KB)
2 Eligibility PowerPoint (947 KB)
3 Matching and Other General Requirements PowerPoint (947 KB)
4EP Early-phase Priorities and Evidence Requirement Forthcoming
4MP Mid-phase Priorities and Evidence Requirement PowerPoint (1 MB)
  • Understanding the Evidence Definitions Used for U. S. Department of Education Programs Presentation by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) that includes audio:   PowerPoint (11 MB)
  • Using the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) to Identify Strong or Moderate Evidence of Positive Effects from Education Interventions that includes audio:   PowerPoint (12 MB)
5EP Early-phase Selection Criteria and Scoring Forthcoming
5MP Mid-phase Selection Criteria and Scoring PowerPoint (964 KB)
6 Preparing a Budget Narrative PowerPoint (917 KB)
7 Documents to Include in an Application PowerPoint (882 KB)
8 Applying in Grants.Gov PowerPoint (893 KB)
Last Modified: 05/13/2020