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2013 Investing in Innovation Competition Opens For All Applicants


May 6, 2013


2013 Investing in Innovation (i3) Competition Opens For All Applicants

On Friday, May 3, the U.S. Department of Education announced the opening of the 2013 Investing in Innovation (i3) competition for “scale-up” and “validation” applications. The department began accepting “development” category applications in April.

Originally launched in 2010, the i3 grant program is designed to encourage school districts and nonprofits to work in partnership to develop and expand practices that accelerate learning and prepare every student to succeed in college and in their careers. Competition applications are broken into three grant categories: development, validation and scale-up:

  • Development – Projects with promising but untested ideas.
  • Validation – Projects that have been implemented but require further data testing and collection.
  • Scale-up – Projects that have been implemented, include proven data and will be expanded.

As with the 2013 development category applications, this year’s competition for scale-up and validation grants include sub-priorities, in addition to the competition’s main priorities, that will focus projects on increasing access to high-quality early learning access for children. Applicants who are selected to receive a grant will also have to secure a private-sector match of 5 percent for scale-up projects and 10 percent for validation projects.

Applications for validation and scale-up grants are due by July 2, 2013. For more detailed information on the history of the i3 program, you can visit the department’s website.

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