The US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (ED/IES) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) plan to release a joint-agency Phase I SBIR solicitation requesting proposals for the development and evaluation of commercially viable education technology games. The solicitation will likely include four (4) topic areas, each focused on student learning. These topics include games to: (1) improve learning in statistics and probability, (2) support English learners, (3) support foreign language learning, and to (4) support computer science learning. Phase I awards will be up to $150,000, and Phase I winners will be eligible to apply for Phase II funding in amounts up to $900,000 one year from now. With questions or to discuss possible project ideas before the solicitation is released on December 17, contact the ED/IES SBIR program manager Edward Metz at Edward.Metz at ed dot gov.
For more information about the ED/IES SBIR program, see here: http://ies.ed.gov/sbir/.
For more information about the DARPA SBIR program, see here: http://www.darpa.mil/opportunities/small_business.aspx
Funding Opportunity: RFP for the Development and Evaluation of Education Technology Games. NCELA List (NCELA@HERMES.GWU.EDU, 4 Dec 2012).