The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced the 3rd year of the Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition for local educational agencies, groups of schools, and nonprofit organizations to improve student results through innovative practices. This competition invites entities interested in grants of up to $3 million—termed Development grants under the i3 competition—to submit a simplified pre-application through April 9, 2012.
The new pre-application process shortens the application narrative and reduces the number of supporting documents that i3 previously requested as part of full applications. The organizations that submit the highest-rated pre-applications will be invited to submit longer applications and will be given additional time to complete the full application. This year's competition invites applications for a share of approximately $150 million in grants in the "Development" category of the program's three grant categories.
- Scale-up awards individual grants of up to $25 million to projects with the strongest evidence and track records of success.
- Validation awards individual grants of up to $15 million to projects with moderate levels of evidence.
- Development awards individual grants of up to $3 million to projects working on new and high-potential practices that merit further exploration and research.
ED will announce the applications for Scale-up and Validation grants in separate notices in the coming weeks. For more information, visit ED's website or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.