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Research Grants Focused on Systematic Replication

Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and
For-Profits for Research Related to Improvements in Education

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Institute of Education Sciences (IES) - U.S. Department of Education

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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, public agencies, IHEs, and for-profit organizations for research related to improvements in educational practices. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to increase equity in educational opportunities.

Through its National Center for Education Research (NCER), the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) supports a program of research to build knowledge and understanding of education practice and policy. IES was established by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA – P.L. 107-279), in part to improve academic achievement and access to educational opportunities for all learners (ESRA, § 111.b.1.B) ), but to focus especially on learners whose increased achievement would help close achievement gaps (ESRA, § 115.a.1) or who lack access to educational opportunities (ESRA, § 115.a.2.A and 115.a.2.B). In carrying out this mission, IES takes steps to ensure that our work is carried out in a manner that is objective, secular, neutral, and nonideological and free of partisan political influence and racial, cultural, gender, or regional bias (ESRA, § 111.b.2.B). NCER’s program of research is intended to achieve four outcomes:

  1. Improved access to a high-quality education for all learners from early childhood through adulthood, particularly learners least likely to have such access
  2. Improved academic achievement for all learners from early childhood through adulthood, particularly those learners who are least likely to achieve academically relative to their peers
  3. Reduced opportunity and achievement gaps between high-performing and low-performing learners
  4. Improved access to, persistence in, progress through, and successful completion of postsecondary education

In this request for applications (RFA), NCER invites applications for Research Grants Focused on Systematic Replication (ALN 84.305R). Under this competition, IES will support systematic replication studies that vary one or more aspects of a previous study; for example, urbanicity; the population of learners, educators, and/or schools; and/or the features of intervention implementation and delivery. IES is interested in a range of interventions for replication studies, including, but not limited to, interventions that leverage digital platforms or other technology to improve teaching and learning.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186238

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant awards:
- Efficacy: $4,000,000
- Effectiveness: $4,500,000

Term of Contract:

Possible Start Dates: July 1 – September 1, 2022

The maximum duration of an Efficacy or Effectiveness Replication is 5 years.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Institutions that have the ability and capacity to conduct scientific research are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, non-profit and for-profit organizations and public and private agencies and institutions, such as colleges and universities.

IES is committed to broadening institutional participation in its research grant programs. IES encourages applications from minority-serving institutions, alone or in combination with other institutions, that meet the eligibility criteria for this RFA. MSIs include Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions, American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Predominantly Black Institutions, and Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions.

The Principal Investigator: The applicant institution is responsible for identifying the principal investigator (PI) on a grant application and may elect to designate more than one person to serve in this role. The PI is the individual who has the authority and responsibility for the proper conduct of the research, including the appropriate use of federal funds and the submission of required scientific progress reports. If more than one PI is named, the institution identifies these PIs as sharing the authority and responsibility for leading and directing the research project intellectually and logistically. All PIs will be listed on any grant award notification. However, institutions applying for funding must designate a single point of contact for the project. The role of this person is primarily for communication purposes on the scientific and related budgetary aspects of the project and should be listed as the PI. All other PIs should be listed as co-principal investigators (co-PIs).

IES does not support research that occurs in informal contexts outside of U.S. education systems.

IES does not support research that occurs in informal contexts outside of education systems and outside the control of education agencies. Contact an IES Program Officer if you have questions about whether the education setting you have identified for your proposed research fits this constraint.

Pre-Application Information:

- Letter of Intent Due: July 22, 2021
- Application Package Available: June 30, 2021
- Application Deadline: 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 9, 2021
- Possible Start Dates: July 1 – September 1, 2022

Steps in
• Get a DUNS Number. If your organization does not already have a DUNS number, call 866-705-5711 or go to the Dun & Bradstreet website This step usually takes 1 to 2 business days to complete.
• Register with the System for Award Management (SAM). Once you have a DUNS number, register with the SAM ( It can take up to 2 weeks (and an additional 5 weeks if you need to get an Employer Identification Number [EIN] or Taxpayer Identification Number [TIN]) until the SAM registration process is complete.

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For a list of relevant application documents, see the Package tab (click Preview) on the link listed above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Program Officer:
Dr. Christina Chhin
(202) 245-7736

If you experience technical problems accessing your ANS account after receiving the invitation email, please contact the IES PRIMO Help Desk at The Help Desk operates Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You may also receive assistance over the phone by calling 866-472-7325.

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