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FY 2014 i3 Development Pre-Application Notice of Intent to Apply Summary

  • i3 FY 2014 Notice of Intent to Apply Summary Document download filesPDF (196 KB)

  • i3 FY 2014 Notice of Intent to Apply Organization List download filesMS Excel (97 KB)
  • On March 14, 2014, the Department published a document in the Federal Register: the Notice Inviting Applications for the 2014 Development Competition.

    Question and Answer Webinar for FY 2014 i3 Development Pre-Application Overview

    The i3 team conducted a live Q&A session on April 1st, 2014. Below is a link to access the recording of the webinar and a copy of the corresponding PowerPoint.

    Recording of FY 2014 i3 Development Pre-Application Q&A Webinar (April 1, 2014)

    Webinar download files PowerPoint (1,133 KB)


    For entities interested in submitting a 2014 Development pre-application, below is an overview of the i3 Development Pre-Application Competition.

    i3 Development Pre-Application Overview download files PowerPoint (2 MB)

    Please CLICK HERE to access the press release announcing the i3 program's 2014 Pre-Application Development Competition.


    • Deadline for Transmittal of Pre-Applications: April 14, 2014.

      Please note that U.S. Department of Education grant application deadline is 4:30:00 PM Washington, DC time. Late applications will not be accepted. The Department is required to enforce the established deadline to ensure fairness to all applicants. No changes or additions to an application will be accepted after the deadline date and time.

    • Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: 60 calendar days after the deadline date for transmittal of full applications.

    Pre-Application Materials for Development Competition - UPDATED April 4, 2014

    • FY 2014 i3 Development Pre-Application Package - UPDATED April 4,2014 download files MS Word (673 KB)

      Please note that an abstract is required in order to submit an application through For instructions on the abstract, please review the i3 Development Pre-Application Package.

      Please also note that instructions on completing the Applicant Information Sheet have been updated on the i3 Development Pre-Application Package.

    • FY 2014 i3 Development Pre-Application Applicant Information Sheet - UPDATED March 27, 2014 download files PDF (150 KB).
    • Please note that the i3 Application Packages are for applicants to download and use as guides only. Unless the applicant qualifies for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, all i3 grant applications must be submitted electronically via

    Update on the Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund

    To date, the U.S. Department of Education has funded 117 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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