The U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Office of Innovation and Improvement is inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2013, for the Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), Scale-up grants and Validation grants. Applications for both competitions became available on May 6, 2013; the deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply is May 23, 2013, and the deadline for Transmittal of Applications for both competitions is July 2, 2013.
The Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), established under section 14007 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), provides funding to support local educational agencies (LEAs), and nonprofit organizations in partnership with (a) one or more LEAs or (b) a consortium of schools. The i3 program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of effective solutions across the country to serve substantially larger numbers of students. The central design element of the i3 program is its multi-tier structure that links the amount of funding that an applicant may receive to the quality of the evidence supporting the efficacy of the proposed project.
ED awards three types of grants under this program—development, validation, and scale-up. These grants differ in terms of the level of prior evidence of effectiveness required for consideration of funding, the level of scale the funded project should reach, and, consequently, the amount of funding available to support the project. The notice inviting applications for development grants was published in the March 27, 2013, Federal Register notice [PDF]. For more information on validation grants, see the May 3, 2013, Federal Register notice [PDF]. For more information on scale-up grants, see the May 3, 2013, Federal Register notice [PDF].
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