Investing in Innovation Fund (i3)

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The Department published a Notice Inviting Applications for the 2015 Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund on March 30, 2015. Please see the Applicant Information page for more information about this year’s competition.

  • NIA Correction (April 15, 2015) The Deadline for Transmittal of Applications was April 29, 2015; however, the correct deadline is May 5, 2015.

In addition, the Department published a Notice of Proposed Priority on March 17th, 2015.

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

Program Description

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)

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: 05/05/2015