Investing in Innovation Fund (i3)

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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)
Also known as: Innovation

What's New


The Department is pleased to invite 108 Development pre-applicants to submit an application for the FY 2015 Full Application Development Competition. The Department encourages applicants to review the documents on this page and the FY 2015 Competition and Applicant Information pages to learn more about the i3 competition.

The chart in the following document lists the highly rated Development pre-applicants that have been invited to submit a full application.

Development Pre-Applications Highly Rated Document download files MS Excel (38 KB)

The following document provides an explanation of the Development Pre-Application review process.

Development Pre-Applications Process Overview Document download files MS Word (26 KB)

FY 2015 i3 Scale-up and Validation Competitions

On June 05, 2015, the Department published in the Federal Register: the Notices Inviting Applications for the 2015 Scale-up and Validation competitions. Please see the FY 2015 Competition and Applicant Information pages for more information about this year’s competitions.

In addition, the Department published a Notice of Final Priority on June 05, 2015.

For more information about current i3 grantees, see the Awards page.

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.

Last Modified: 07/16/2015