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Research Grants Focused on Systematic Replication

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and IHEs for
Research Related to Reading and Math Outcomes in Schools

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Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

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08/29/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit and for-profit organizations, public and private agencies, and IHEs for research related to reading and math outcomes for schools in the country's education system. Applicants must leave several weeks to complete required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended to support replication research of interventions that have benefited education outcomes in one or more previous impact studies. Proposed replication studies will systematically vary at least one aspect of the prior impact study. The research will also investigate factors that may lead to and sustain successful implementation. In FY 2020, IES is focused on replicating interventions in reading and mathematics. Proposed research must be relevant to education in the United States and must address factors under the control of U.S. education systems.

In awarding these grants, the IES intends to provide national leadership in expanding knowledge and understanding of (1) developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for a disability, (2) education outcomes for all learners from early childhood education through post-secondary and adult education, and (3) employment and wage outcomes when relevant (such as for those engaged in career and technical, post-secondary, or adult education).

IES encourages researchers to work with education stakeholders to advance the relevance of their work and the accessibility and usability of their findings for the day-to-day work of educators and policymakers. In addition, IES expects researchers to disseminate their results to a wide range of audiences including policymakers, educators, researchers, and the public and to consider how successful interventions can be scaled up and/or commercialized.

Systematic Replication projects will result in more knowledge about what is likely to work for whom and under what conditions. Specifically, the projects should allow for the following:
- Identification of the types of settings and learners that are most likely to benefit from the intervention (and conversely where and with whom the intervention is less likely to produce benefits);
- Evidence regarding the impact of an IES-identified intervention on relevant education outcomes relative to a comparison condition using a research design that meets the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) design standards with or without reservations (;
- Information on how study findings, including information on implementation and cost, contribute to the larger body of evidence on the intervention; and
- Information needed for the implementation of the intervention.
- If a beneficial impact is found, the identification of the factors needed for successful implementation and replication of the core components of the intervention; or
- If no beneficial impact is found, an examination of why the findings differed from those of prior evaluations of the intervention and an analysis of whether further research would be useful to revise the intervention and/or its implementation.

For recommendations regarding strong applications, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 186238

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant awards:
- Efficacy: $3,600,000
- Effectiveness: $4,000,000

Term of Contract:

Possible grant start dates: July 1 - September 1, 2020.

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 interested in broadening institutional participation in its research grant programs. IES encourages applications from minority serving institutions (MSIs), 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 (TCU); Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI); Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI); Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU); Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions; and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI). MSI applicants are encouraged to review the Funding Opportunities for Minority Serving Institutions webinar.

The Principal Investigator (PI): The institution is responsible for identifying the 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).

Proposed research must be relevant to education in the United States and must address factors under the control of U.S. education systems. Education in the U.S. is delivered in a wide range of formal settings, such as center-based prekindergarten, public and private K-12 schools, community colleges, and 4-year colleges and universities. In addition, there are also formal programs under the control of education agencies that take place out of school including after-school, distance learning, online programs, and adult literacy programs run through community-based organizations.

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-proposal Conference:

Coming Soon: IES is hosting live webinars as well as a series of on-demand webinars for those interested in FY 2020 funding opportunities. The webinars will be presented by staff from the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER), and resources include presentations, transcripts, and closed-caption video recordings.

All live webinars will be recorded, and the recording, presentation, and transcript will be available soon after the live webinar is held.

Additional information:

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Intent are due by July 11, 2019. If you submit a Letter of Intent, a program officer will contact you regarding your proposed project. Letters of Intent are optional but strongly encouraged.

The application package is available on July 11, 2019, at Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm ET on August 29, 2019, on

Applicants must have a DUNS number. Obtaining a DUNS number can take 1 to 2 business days to complete:

Applicants must register with and with SAM ( prior to applying. 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.

Approximately 1 to 2 weeks after the application deadline, invitation emails are sent to applicants who have never applied to IES before to create their individual PRIMO ANS accounts. Both the PD/PI and the AOR will receive invitation emails. Approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the application deadline, all applicants (new and existing ANS users) will begin to receive a series of emails about the status of their application.

IES provides technical assistance to applicants that addresses the appropriateness of project ideas for this competition and methodological and other substantive issues concerning research in education settings. IES Program Officers work with applicants though a variety of formats up until the time of submission. The Program Officer for this competition is Dr. Christina Chhin.

All Systemic Replication applications must include a data management plan.

Applications are expected to follow the principles outlined in the IES-wide Standards for Excellence in Education Research, found here:

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Dr. Christina Chhin
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Julius C. Cotton, ED
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