The U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the latest and final round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition. This 2016 i3 competition will provide a total of $103 million to partnerships of schools districts and nonprofit organizations to develop and implement innovative educational strategies. The announcement included new funding priorities and a pre-application for the competition’s “development” grant category, which supports promising proposals. This year’s project funding priorities include promoting diversity, implementing college- and career-ready standards and assessments, improving school climate, improving students’ mastery of non-cognitive skills and behaviors, and serving rural communities. Pre-applications for the development grant competition must be submitted by May 25.
Additionally, the department will begin competitions for the i3 “validation” and “scale-up” grant categories later this spring. More information on the i3 program is available on the department’s website.