Education Research, Development and Dissemination

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

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Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Carnegie Mellon University $ 3,667,716   2015-09-012021-08-31
Leland Stanford Junior University, The $ 4,000,000   2014-08-012021-07-31
President And Fellows Of Harvard College $ 3,999,069   2015-07-012021-06-30
President And Fellows Of Harvard College $ 3,355,159   2019-02-022021-02-01
Temple University-of The Commonwealth System Of Higher Education $ 3,494,665   2017-01-012020-12-31
Mdrc $ 3,980,372   2016-06-012020-12-31
American Institutes For Research In The Behavioral Sciences $ 1,673,559   2017-01-012020-12-31
Rector & Visitors Of The University Of Virginia $ 3,953,422   2016-01-012020-12-31
Trustees Of Indiana University $ 1,395,721   2017-10-032020-09-28
Vanderbilt University, The $ 4,944,014   2015-08-012020-09-14

Program Accomplishments

The Institute collaborates with other universities and research organizations and works with public schools.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants will support basic and applied research, development, dissemination, evaluations, and demonstrations in education.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State education agencies, local education agencies, institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations, institutions, and individuals or a consortium thereof may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Institutions and individuals involved with education will benefit.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Standard Form 424, "Application for Federal Assistance," an application narrative, and required certifications must be submitted by the deadline specified in the Federal Register.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by panels of field readers in accordance with 34 CFR 700, "Evaluation of Applications for Grants and Cooperative Agreements."


Contact the Program Office for application deadlines.


Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, Title I, Parts A, B and D, Secs. 133 and 172, 20 U.S.C. 9533, 9562.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range of approval/disapproval time is approximately 90 to 120 days following the application deadline.




Renewals are based on the review of annual performance reports and the recommendation of the project officer. All renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects generally may be supported for 1 to 5 years. Funds are granted on a 12 month basis. All grantee obligations shall be liquidated within 90 days following the end of the award period. Payments may be made according to a predetermined schedule or by way of reimbursement.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual financial and progress reports must be submitted as required by grant award terms and conditions.


All expenditures by State and local governments will be audited by the grantee or at the grantee's direction with reasonable frequency, usually once a year but not less then once every 2 years. Other recipients must also have audits conducted at least once every 2 years. The Secretary of Education, the Assistant Secretary, IES, and the Comptroller General of the United States, or any of their duly authorized representatives shall have access for the purpose of audit and examinations, to all applicable records and to any other pertinent books, documents, papers, and records of the grantee.


Each grantee will keep intact, and accessible, records relating to the receipt and expenditure of Federal funds and the expenditures of the grantee's contribution to the cost of the project, if any. Records will normally be retained for 3 years after the date of the submission of the final expenditure report, or for grants that are reviewed annually, 3 years after the date of the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $162,552,000; FY 08 est $159,696,000; and FY 09 est $167,196,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable because the range and average varies by competition.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For more information contact the program office.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 219-2079.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria for selecting applications under this program are contained in 34 CFR 700, Evaluation of Applications for Grants and Cooperative Agreements. The specific criteria to be used for a particular grant competition are selected from among those in 34 CFR 700, and announced in the application package or the application notice in the Federal Register.

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