U.S. Department of Ed. Funds 24 Projects, With Commercial Viability in Mind

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The U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences has awarded a total of $10.3 million to 24 organizations to develop and test new commercially promising ed-tech products.

The allocation is part of a fiscal year 2020 funding round for the department’s Small Business Innovation Research program.

FY 2020 started Wednesday.

The allocation covers 16 awards that will allow companies to develop, refine, and test usability and initial feasibility of prototypes of commercially viable ed-tech products, as well as eight awards that will support completed development of products and a K-12 pilot to demonstrate the capacity to implement a product and improve intended outcomes for students.

The projects that have secured funding in the first category, known as a “Phase I” award, are:

The later-stage projects, known as “Phase II” allocation projects, are:

Phase I awards were made in amounts up to $200,000, and will cover costs for eight months. Phase II awards were made in amounts up to $900,000, and will cover costs for two years.

The awards were provided as part of IES’s Small Business Innovation Research program, which funds small businesses for the research and development of commercially viable ed-tech products designed to support student learning, teacher practice, or school administration in education or special education.

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