Education Innovation and Research (EIR)

Below are highlights from the Education Innovation and Research Program (EIR), funded by U.S. Department of Education (USDOE). In addition, you'll find information on how your district or state can take advantage of Insight's services to support your grant application.



As explained by the Department of Education, the EIR program "provides funding to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high need students; and rigorously evaluate such innovations. The EIR program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent education challenges and to support the expansion of those solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students."


Program Background and Highlights

On February 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Education published in the Federal Register, three notices inviting applications for the Education Innovation and Research Program’s Early-phase, Mid-phase, and Expansion competitions.

Deadline for submission of applications is April 2, 2019. 

Highlights of the Education Innovation and Research Program:

  • Established in ESSA
  • Successor of Investing in Innovation grant program (i3), which invested $1.4 billion in 172 i3 projects across all 50 states.
  • Supports state and local efforts to develop, implement and take to scale innovative and evidence-based projects.
  • About 25% of EIR grant funds will support rural areas.


Eligible Applicants:

  1. An LEA;
  2. A state educational agency;
  3. The Bureau of Indian Education;
  4. A consortium of State educational agencies or LEAs;
  5. A nonprofit organization; and
  6. A State educational agency, an LEA, a consortium described in (d), or the Bureau of Indian Education, in partnership with—
  1. A nonprofit (as defined in this notice) organization;
  2. A business;
  3. An educational service agency; or
  4. An institution of higher education.

Evidence Standards

To be eligible for an award, an application must demonstrate a rationale by including a reasonable logic model that is informed by research or an evaluation that suggests how the intervention is likely to improve relevant outcomes, and includes an effort to study the effects of the intervention that will happen as part of the proposed project. 


Absolute Priorities

Per the grant regulations, applications must meet the following to be considered:

  1. Demonstrates a Rationale that the proposed activity, strategy or intervention is likely to improve student achievement; and one of the following Absolute Priorities:
  2. Field-initiated Innovations designed to improve achievement and attainment for high-needs students;
  3. Field-initiated Innovations Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) Education designed to improve achievement and attainment for high-needs students or to improve student achievement or educational outcomes in a STEM area;
    • Competitive preference is given to applications that aim to expand access to and participation in rigorous computer science coursework for traditionally underrepresented students.

Insight Education GroupHow Insight Can Help

The team at Insight Education Group has assisted states and districts with successful federal grant applications totaling more than $500 million. 

Since 2000, we have supported schools, districts, charter management organizations and states through some of their largest challenges, including:

  • creating effective human capital management systems,
  • developing and implementing strategic plans with district and state leaders,
  • successfully turning around under-performing schools, and
  • training and supporting current and aspiring leaders.

The efficacy of our work has been documented in prominent studies such as:

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching Project
  • Harvard's Center for Education Policy Research's The Best Foot Forward Project
  • RAND Corporation's Improving Teaching Effectiveness: Access to Effective Teaching
  • Georgia's Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA)'s 2015-2016 End-of-Year Evaluation Report for the Reading Mentors Program

The following services from Insight align with the absolute priorities listed above.

  • TRACTION for School Improvement™: A school improvement model that helps leaders make bold changes that stick—resulting in schools where students thrive and teachers clamor to work.
  • Supporting Teacher Effectiveness Project (STEP): A teacher-driven community of practice focused on improving instruction and increasing student achievement.
  • Insight Leadership Academies: Based on evidence-based research and practice, the Academy model is an in-person, customized professional development experience delivered on-site in your district for up to 50 leaders per cohort, including principals, vice principals, aspiring leaders, and teacher leaders.
  • Coaching for Change: Our results-oriented, job-embedded coaching model ensures that new knowledge and skills translate directly into effective practices for teachers.
  • Shifting Instruction with the Five Core Practices [Online Course]: This 50-hour interactive course helps educators prepare students for college and career with five research-proven core practices.
  • The Insight ADVANCE Suite: An award-winning suite of products that support educator observation, coaching and calibration—through the power of video and in-person.

If you're interested in learning more about how Insight can support your grant application, let's set up a time to talk. Complete the form to the right (or below if you're on a mobile device).

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