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Be aware of the deadlines!

This is to make you aware of the recent announcement of the 2011 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition and pre-application workshops.


On June 3, the Department kicked-off the 2011 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition to continue support for evidence-based practices in education.  This second round of i3 makes $150 million available to individual school districts, consortia of districts, and non-profit organizations in partnership with districts or groups of schools.  Grants will be available within the same three categories as in round one:

·         up to $25 million each for scale-up grants to applicants with the strongest evidence and track record of success;
·         up to $15 million each for validation grants to verify effectiveness of programs with moderate levels of evidence; and
·         up to   $3 million each for development grants to support new, high-potential practices whose impact should be studied further.

Grant recipients will be required to secure private sector matching funds of 5%, 10%, or 15%, respectively.

Three absolute priorities remain from last year’s grant competition: supporting effective teachers and principals, implementing high standards and quality assessments, and turning around persistently low-performing schools.  For this year’s competition, the Department has included two new absolute priorities focusing on achievement and high school graduation rates in rural schools and promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.  All applicants must address one of these five areas of reform.  In addition, competitive preference will be given to applications that demonstrate support for improving early learning outcomes, increasing college access and success, addressing the unique needs of students with disabilities and limited English proficient students, or improving productivity or technology.

The Department will offer pre-application workshops in the coming weeks (June 17 in Washington, D.C., June 24 in San Francisco, and June 28 in Houston), along with several webinars on key topics.  Applications are due on August 2.  Awards will be made no later than December 31.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO  (Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a notice of intent to apply by June 23.)

Meanwhile, the Department is seeking peer reviewers from a variety of backgrounds and professions for the competition.  Reviewers must have expertise in at least one of the program’s five absolute priorities or in educational evaluation and be available for roughly four weeks, in August and September, to review applications.  Resumes and an information checklist are due by July 8.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO