US Department of Education (US ED) - Specific Requirements & Advice

Grantmaking at ED
Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development and FAQs
(A report from the Institute of Educational Sciences/US ED and the National Science Foundation)

  • Guidance on building the evidence base in STEM learning
  • Provides guidelines for six types of education “research” projects
  • Overview of the nature, justification, evidence generation and so on for each project type

Institute of Education Science (IES) - Resources for Researchers
Webinars, methodological resources, peer review process, available data sets, etc.

Cost Analysis Starter Kit
IES is committed to having its funded researchers conduct appropriate economic analysis as part of their studies. This has been a heavy lift for many of its applicants and grantees, since economic analysis requires a skill set that is different from what has been “traditionally” used or taught in graduate training programs in the education sciences.

For the last few years, IES has pushed to make economic analysis more commonly used by requiring it as part of many of our funded research projects. It has also been committed to providing more training materials to help the field meet the cost analysis requirements.

The Cost Analysis Starter Kit provides a three-phased approach to the basics of cost analysis. The Kit is designed to present information in a way that is accessible and user friendly for those who are new to the topic, are less experienced with it, or simply want a refresher.

Standards in Excellence in Education Research



Unsolicited Grant Opportunities
The Institute of Education Sciences will consider unsolicited applications for research, evaluation, and statistics projects that would make significant contributions to the mission of the organization. Under this announcement, IES will consider applications for projects that are not eligible under its FY2021 grant competitions, both open and closed, described at

The applicant must demonstrate that the project was not Religible under one of the FY2021 grant competitions. In addition, funds will not be provided for projects that consist solely of program delivery or the provision of services to students. Activities supported by IES must be relevant to U.S. schools.



UNH-developed US ED Proposal Development Tools and Resources

rd digital library: US ED -- U.S. Dept of education