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

On July 7, 2016 the Department announced it has invited 104 Development pre-applicants to submit an application for the FY 2016 Full Application Development Competition. The Department encourages applicants to review the documents on the FY 2016 Competition page and other i3 pages to learn more about the i3 competition.

On May 16, 2016 the Department published two documents in the Federal Register: the Notices Inviting Applications for the Investing in Innovation Fund’s 2016 Scale-up and Validation competitions.

On April 25, 2016, the Department published a document in the Federal Register: the Notice Inviting Applications for the 2016 Development Competition.

For additional information on the i3 Development, Validation and Scale-up competitions, please see the FY 2016 Competition 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: 09/06/2016