Investing in Innovation Fund (i3)

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Notice of Proposed Priorities

The Department published a Notice of Proposed Priorities on March 17th, 2015.
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Update on the Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund

To date, the U.S. Department of Education has funded 143 unique i3 projects that seek to provide innovative solutions to common education challenges. The PowerPoint below aims to: provide an overview of the progress i3 grantees are making towards their goals as well as what the Department is doing to help them be successful; highlight the potential of i3 grantees to generate rigorous education research; and use data on grantee performance thus far to inform the design of future i3 competitions.

i3 Update PowerPoint download files PowerPoint (945 KB)

Complete List of i3 Grants download files Excel (88 KB)

Program Description

Program Office: Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII)

CFDA Number: 84.411A (Scale-up grants); 84.411B (Validation grants); 84.411C (Development grants)

Program Type: Cooperative Agreements (for Scale-up grants) and Cooperative Agreements or Discretionary Grants (for Validation grants and Development grants)

Program Description: The Investing in Innovation Fund, established under section 14007 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), provides funding to support (1) local educational agencies (LEAs) and (2) nonprofit organizations in partnership with (a) one or more LEAs or (b) a consortium of schools. The purpose of this program is to provide competitive grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement and attainment in order to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement or student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates.

These grants will (1) allow eligible entities to expand and develop innovative practices that can serve as models of best practices, (2) allow eligible entities to work in partnership with the private sector and the philanthropic community, and (3) identify and document best practices that can be shared and taken to scale based on demonstrated success.

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Last Modified: 03/24/2015