U.S. Department of Education Provides New Grant Program for Educational Innovation & Research
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced a new program that might make life a little bit better for students, and for those trying to help them grow: The Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grant competition. Initially mandated in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the program will replace Obama’s i3 (Investing in Innovation) grant program.
According to the press release from the Department of Education, the EIR program differs from its predecessor in that states are able to receive the grant funding as well as districts, and both are able to collaborate with a wider range of organizations in achieving these educational innovation and research goals.
Eligible applicants include “states, districts, education non-profits and their partners,” meaning that educational businesses (and other groups working with states, districts, or non-profits) may also be indirect recipients of the grant funding if partnered with one of the aforementioned entities.
President Obama has requested a $180 million budget for the program.
A Texan by birth but a Bostonian at heart, Hannah is an educational writer, AmeriCorps alum, and one-time StartupWeekend EDU (SWEDU) winning team member. She started her career at a Pearson-incubated edtech startup, but has since covered travel, food & culture, and even stonemasonry in addition to education.