Investing in Innovation (i3)

Innovation and Early Learning

84.411A (Scale-up grants)

84.411B (Validation grants)

84.411C (Development grants)

Cooperative Agreements (for Scale-up grants) and Cooperative
Agreements or Discretionary Grants (for Validation grants and Development grants)


The Investing in Innovation Fund, established under section 14007 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), provides funding to support (1) local educational agencies (LEAs) and (2) nonprofit organizations in partnership with (a) one or more LEAs or (b) a consortium of schools. The purpose of this program is to provide competitive grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement and attainment in order to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement or student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates. These grants will (1) allow eligible entities to expand and develop innovative practices that can serve as models of best practices, (2) allow eligible entities to work in partnership with the private sector and the philanthropic community, and (3) identify and document best practices that can be shared and taken to scale based on demonstrated success.


What’s New

The Department is proud to announce the 2016 i3 grantees

Please click HERE to learn more about the new i3 grantees.

Please click HERE to see the press release related to this announcement as well as the announcing of the inaugural Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grant competition.


For Direct Support, Contact Us

  • Ashley Brizzo, Group Leader
    Education Innovation and Research
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    400 Maryland Ave SW
    Washington, DC 20202