US government offering grants for educational games

Up to $1m available from the Institute of Education Sciences
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Developers can now apply for grants from the US government towards the development of any games created for educational purposes.

The Small Business Innovation Research program is open to small business firms with fewer than 500 employees for the research, development and evaluation of commercially viable educational products.

And Ed Metz, director the Institute of Education Sciences – the department behind the SBIR – said now is the best time to apply for such grants, according to Gamasutra.

“Eight years ago, our program’s portfolio didn’t include a single educational-themed game or project,” he said. “Today, about half of those projects are educational games.”

Grants range from $150,000 to $1m and can be applied for via the SBIR website.

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