U.S. Department of Education Announces Start of 2013 i3 Grant Competition

Last Updated: March 27, 2013

The i3 program aims to develop and expand practices that accelerate student achievement and prepare every student to succeed in college and in their careers. 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 later this spring.

This year's priorities for the Development grant category are: Improving the Effectiveness of Teachers or Principals; Improving Low-Performing Schools; Improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education; Improving Academic Outcomes for Students with Disabilities; Improving Academic Outcomes for English Learners (ELs); Improving Parent and Family Engagement; Effective Use of Technology; and Serving Rural Communities. The Department has also revised the program's evidence standards and definitions so that applicants can better understand i3's evidence requirements.

The deadline for the pre-application is April 26, 2013. Following the peer review process, the Department will announce a list of the highly rated pre-applications. These entities will then be invited to apply for the Development competition and given additional time to complete their full application.

To read the Department of Education's press release, go to: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-department-launches-2013-investing-innovation-competition

To learn more about the i3 grant program and the pre-application process, you may visit the i3 site at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/innovation/index.html.