Education Innovation and Research (formerly Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund)


To support the creation, development, implementation, replication, and scaling up of evidence-based, field-initiated innovations designed to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students through a tiered-evidence framework that supports larger awards for projects with the strongest evidence base and supports promising earlier-stage projects that undergo rigorous evaluation.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Innovation and Improvement, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2017 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2019 No Current Data Available.
Fiscal Year 2020 No Current Data Available.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, Title IV, Part F, Subpart 1
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
(1) Local educational agencies (LEAs); (2) State educational agencies (SEAs); (3) the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE); (4) consortia of LEAs or SEAs; (5) nonprofit organizations; or (6) SEAs, LEAs, or the BIE in consortia with a nonprofit organization, a business, an educational service agency, or an institution of higher education.
Beneficiary Eligibility
High-need students in LEAs will benefit.
OMB Circulars No. A-110 and A-122 apply to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Department of Education implements application procedures and criteria to award grants on a competitive basis. Applicants must apply for one of three types of grants: early phase, mid-phase, or expansion grants. Applications are reviewed by panels of peer reviewers.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed by panels of peer reviewers. Points are awarded on the basis of the published selection criteria, are ranked on the basis of the points awarded, and are selected for funding based on the rank order. Applicants must meet the evidence requirement applicable to the type of grant for which the applicant applied. Grantees must provide matching funds equal to 10 percent of their grant award (in cash or in-kind) from Federal, State, local, or private sources, and the Secretary may waive this requirement under certain circumstances. At least 25 percent of the funds appropriated for the program must be used for awards to serve rural areas, contingent on receipt of enough applications of sufficient quality.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 4 months from receipt of applications.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria will be contained in the program guidance.
How may assistance be used?
The Department will awards 3 types of grants: (1) early-phase grants for the development, implementation, and feasibility testing of a program which prior research suggests has promise, in order to determine whether the program can improve student achievement (similar to Development grants under i3); (2) mid-phase grants for implementation and rigorous evaluation of programs that have been successfully implemented under early-phase grants or have met similar criteria for documenting program effectiveness (similar to Validation grants under i3); and (3) expansion and replication of programs that have been found to produce a sizable, important impact under a mid-phase grant or have met similar criteria for documenting program effectiveness (similar to Scale-up grants under i3). All grantees must carry out a rigorous independent evaluation of the effectiveness of their project.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Specific performance monitoring requirements will be included in the grant award documents.
All grantees are subject to the provisions of the Single Audit Act, 31 U.S.C. 75, and OMB circular A-133.
Each recipient must maintain records that fully disclose the total cost of the activity for which the funds are used, and the share of the cost provided from other sources, and other such records as will facilitate an effective financial or programmatic audit. The recipient must maintain such records for three years after the completion of the activity for which funds are used.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Matching requirements are applicable to this program. Applicants must secure matching funds as specified in the Notice Inviting Applications published in the Federal Register.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The Notice Inviting Applications will specify the length of assistance. In previous years grants were awarded for 3-5 year project periods Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Soumya Sathya
400 Maryland Ave., SW.
Washington, DC 20202 US
Phone: 2022600819
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$120,000,000.00; FY 19 est $130,000,000.00; FY 20 est $300,000,000.00; FY 17$100,000,000.00; FY 16$120,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $4,000,000-$15,000,000; Average: $7,727,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.


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