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The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) supports a comprehensive array of programs and projects authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that improve results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

IDEA Formula Grant Programs

OSEP administers three formula grant programs authorized by IDEA. These formula grants are awarded to states annually to support early-intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, preschool children ages three through five, and special education for children and youth with disabilities.

Part B Formula Grants

IDEA Part B Formula Grants assist states in providing a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment for children with disabilities, ages three through 21.

Program ALN# Purpose Overview
Preschool Grants 84.173 Authorized by Part B, Section 619 for children ages three through five. Overview
Grants to States 84.027 Authorized by Part B, Section 611 for children ages three through 21. Overview

Part C Formula Grants

IDEA Part C Formula Grants support early intervention services for infants and toddlers.

Program ALN# Purpose Overview
Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities 84.181 Authorized by Part C for infants and toddlers, ages birth through two, and their families. Overview

View funding tables, application forms, and grant award letters.

IDEA Discretionary Grant Programs

Discretionary grants are awarded through a competitive process. OSEP conducts application reviews through a formal peer review process using a standing panel. The reviewers who serve on the standing panel score applications based on the legislative and regulatory requirements as well as by the published selection criteria established for the grant programs and projects.

OSEP provides discretionary grants to state educational agencies, institutions of higher education, and other nonprofit organizations to support technical assistance and dissemination, technology and media services, state personnel development grants, personnel preparation, state data collections, and parent-training and information centers.


Program ALN# Purpose Overview Resources*


Technical Assistance on State Data Collection 84.373 Improve the capacity of states to meet the IDEA data collection and reporting requirements Overview Resources


State Personnel Development Grants 84.323 Help state educational agencies reform and improve their systems for personnel preparation and professional development of individuals providing early intervention, educational, and transition services to improve results for children with disabilities Overview Resources
Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities 84.325 Help states meet state-identified needs for adequate numbers of fully-certified personnel to serve children with disabilities by supporting competitive awards Overview Resources
Technical Assistance and Dissemination 84.326 Improve services provided under the IDEA, including the practices of professionals and others involved in providing services that promote academic achievement and improve results for children with disabilities Overview Resources
Educational Technology, Media, and Materials For Individuals with Disabilities 84.327 Support accessible technology and educational media and material Overview Resources
Parent Training and Information Centers 84.328 Ensure parents of children with disabilities and youth have access to resources, information, and training Overview Resources

*Resources are specific to grantees.

ED Discretionary Grants Resources

The Department of Education hosts a number of online resources for ED grant applicants:

Special Education Research Programs

IDEA authorized the establishment of the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), along with the transfer of responsibilities for research in special education to the new center. The center is located within the Department's Education's Institute for Education Services (IES). Information on current NCSER grant competitions can be found at the IES Funding page.


OSERS established a Transition Steering Committee to focus on the services, needs, and outcomes of youth with disabilities as they transition to postsecondary education and employment.

More Information on OSEP-Funded Projects

  • Information on OSEP funded technical assistance and dissemination centers can be found at IDEAs That Work and other grants and contracts funded by OSEP can be searched at the Discretionary Grants Public Database

  • The OSEP-funded SigNetwork provides information about State Improvement Grants (SIGs) and State Personnel Development Grants (SPDG).

  • The U.S. Department of Education has established a network of 15 regional and 7 content Comprehensive Centers to provide assistance to benefit states and districts nationwide on key issues related to closing the achievement gap.

Last Modified: 08/04/2023