The U.S. 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 education technology products.
On January 12, 2023, ED/IES SBIR released three FY2023 solicitations: Phase IA, Phase IB, and a Direct to Phase II.
- Phase IA solicitation #91990023R0001 is 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 is 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 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. 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 submission deadline for proposals under each solicitation is: March 13, 2023 at 11 A.M. Eastern Time.