The U.S. Department of Education has announced 23 highest-rated Investing in Innovation (i3) applicants as potential grantees for the 2011 grant fund of approximately $150 million. The finalists, selected from nearly 600 applicants, must now secure matching private funds equivalent to at least 5% of Scale-up, 10% of Validation, or 15% of Development awards by December 9, 2011, in order to receive their grant. "Scale-up," "validation," and "development" are the three types of grants within the i3 program. Scale-up grants support scale up practices, strategies, or programs for which there is strong evidence. Validation grants support practices, strategies, or programs that show promise. Development grants support high-potential and relatively untested practices, strategies, or programs whose efficacy should be systematically studied.
For more information, including a list of i3's potential 2011 grantees, visit ED's website or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.