FY 2021 Competition

FY 2021 Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Competitions

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FY 2021 Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Competition Announcement

On May 3, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education published in the Federal Register, the notice of proposed priorities (NPP) for the 2021 Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program competitions.

The comment period for the NPP ended on June 2, 2021.

On June 7, 2021, 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 and Expansion competitions.

On July 28, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education published in the Federal Register, the notice inviting applications for the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Early-phase competition.

TIMELINE FOR FY 2021 EARLY-PHASE, MID-PHASE, AND EXPANSION COMPETITIONS

Mid-phase

Applications Available: June 7, 2021.
Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 28, 2021.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 7, 2021.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 7, 2021.

Expansion:

Applications Available: June 7, 2021.
Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 28, 2021.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 7, 2021.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 7, 2021.

Early-phase

Applications Available: July 28, 2021.
Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: August 17, 2021.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 27, 2021.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: October 26, 2021.

The following competition-specific Notice includes additional details:

Application Materials for Early-phase, Mid-phase, and Expansion 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 MS Word
  • Applicant Eligibility Instructions—Mid-phase Grants MS Word
  • Applicant Eligibility Instructions—Expansion Grants MS Word
  • Applicant Eligibility Instructions Example PDF

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
  • Applicant Evidence Checklist—Expansion MS Word

Pre-Application Webinar

Early-phase Pre-Application Webinar – August 2, 2021

Recording|PowerPoint

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
2 Eligibility PowerPoint
3 Matching and Other General Requirements PowerPoint
4EP Early-phase Priorities and Evidence Requirement PowerPoint
4MP Mid-phase Priorities and Evidence Requirement PowerPoint
4EXP Expansion Priorities and Evidence Requirement PowerPoint
5EP Early-phase Selection Criteria and Scoring PowerPoint
5MP Mid-phase Selection Criteria and Scoring PowerPoint
5EXP Expansion Selection Criteria and Scoring PowerPoint
6 Preparing a Budget Narrative PowerPoint
7 Documents to Include in an Application PowerPoint
8 Applying in Grants.Gov PowerPoint
Last Modified: 08/19/2021