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ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)

Program Description

This program funds research and development projects that propose a sound approach to the investigation of an important education or assistive technology, science, or engineering question under topics identified each year in the solicitation. The purpose of the program is to: stimulate technological innovation; increase small business participation in federal research and development; foster and encourage participation by minority and disadvantaged persons in technological innovation; and increase private sector commercialization of technology derived from federal research and development.

Types of Projects

Each year, the program funds Phase I feasibility projects for approximately six months. After completion of the Phase I stage, most of these businesses can compete for Phase II awards. Phase II awards can last up to 24 months.

Additional Information
Phase I

The objective of Phase I is to determine the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of the proposed R/R&D efforts. The Phase I period concentrates on the R/R&D efforts that prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept and that which are a prerequisite for further ED support in Phase II. Phase I awards are for periods up to 6 months in amounts as indicated in the Notice Inviting Applications.

Phase II

The objective of Phase II is to continue the research or R&D effort initiated in Phase I with approaches that appear sufficiently promising as a result of Phase I. Phase II awards are for periods up to 2 years in amounts as indicated in the Notice Inviting Applications.

Phase III

An objective of the SBIR program is to increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal R/R&D. During Phase III, the small business concern is to pursue commercialization with non-SBIR funds. The Department of Education does not provide funding during the Phase III period.

  • Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
  • Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) / National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
  • Background on the SBIR program;
  • Topical/Priority areas;
  • Information sources and Departmental contacts;
  • Evaluation criteria; and,
  • Other related program information (rights in technical data, copyrights, patents, and equipment).

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400 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington DC 20202
(202) 401-1576