The U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the $134 million 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition for pre-applications for the i3 "Development" grants (up to $3,000,000 each), which funds grantees with promising but relatively untested ideas.
This year's priorities for the Development grant category are: Improving Academic Outcomes for Students with Disabilities, Effective Use of Technology, Improving Academic Outcomes for English Learners (ELs), Improving the Effectiveness of Teachers or Principals, Improving Low-Performing Schools, and Serving Rural Communities.
To help grantees enhance relationships at the national, regional, and local level, and in hopes of amplifying and sustaining the work, the i3 competition requires all grantees to secure private-sector matching funds; i3 Development grantees must secure a private-sector match comprising 15 percent of their budget.
The deadline for the pre-application is April 14, 2014. Following the peer review process, the Department will announce a list of the highly rated pre-applications. These pre-applicants will then be invited to apply for the Development competition and given additional time to complete their full application.
The i3 program includes three grant categories: Development, Validation and Scale-up. The Department plans to announce applications for the Validation and Scale-up categories this spring.
To learn more about the i3 grant program and the pre-application process, please visit the i3 site: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/innovation/index.html.