Onvia’s B2G market research team discovered that education innovation was the 2nd-ranked government spending hotspot in its latest special report, 10 Hotspots in Government Contracting for 2017.
In a climate with ongoing changes in teaching tools and strategies, and uncertainty about how the current political climate will impact the nation’s public schools, there is nonetheless a feeling of optimism towards the future of education. Government contracts related to education services grew by 20% in 2016 over 2015, based on data gathered in Onvia’s B2G Intelligence System (B2GIS).
This growth in education services bids and RFPs is primed to continue through the rest of 2017, and can be attributed largely to three major trends and innovations:
- A continued demand for more training and better use of technology tools (also known as “EdTech”), including the purchases of tools like 3D printers and Chromebooks
- The focus on science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) related projects, and the designing of STEM classrooms to best facilitate those subjects
- Continuously evolving standards for curriculum and measuring academic performance
Where to Find K-12 and Higher Education Bids and RFPs
Although the future of national education standards is somewhat in flux, this has not slowed down the growth in education purchasing at the state and local government levels. Areas across the country have education-related opportunities available, and Texas is the leading state, with 11% of the nation’s education services bids & RFPs.
Below are four examples of innovative K-12 and higher education bids and RFPs found in Onvia’s B2GIS - just a sampling of the many government contracting leads available.
- Science Instructional Resources – Cobb County School District, GA
With STEM subjects such as science an increasingly crucial priority in K-12 education, many agencies are purchasing items like program guides and instructional resources.
- Online Interactive Learning Course System – Milwaukee Public Schools, WI
More schools are adopting ideas like blended learning and online programs, like this bid for an online learning system that teaches world languages.
- STEM Conversion – Granite School District, UT
- Audio Visual Equipment, Installation and Services – University of Arizona, AZ
At the state level, major universities and community college districts are also purchasing innovative science and technology products and services more frequently.
Growth in Government Contracting Leads in Many Industries
Opportunities to sell to the public sector are available across every major industry, and come from all levels of government – federal, state, local and education alike.
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