Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Investing in Innovation Fund: Development Grants Pre-Application CFDA Number 84.411P

The summary for the Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Investing in Innovation Fund: Development Grants Pre-Application CFDA Number 84.411P grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Department of Education, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Investing in Innovation Fund: Development Grants Pre-Application CFDA Number 84.411P: Note: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information.

Purpose of Program: The Investing in Innovation Fund (i3),
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 i3 program is designed to generate and validate solutions to
persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of
effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students.
The central design element of the i3 program is its multi-tier
structure that links the amount of funding that an applicant may
receive to the quality of the evidence supporting the efficacy of the
proposed project. Applicants proposing practices supported by limited
evidence can receive relatively small grants that support the
development and initial evaluation of promising practices and help to
identify new solutions to pressing challenges; applicants proposing
practices supported by evidence from rigorous evaluations, such as
large randomized controlled trials, can receive sizable grants to
support expansion across the country. This structure provides
incentives for applicants to build evidence of effectiveness of their
proposed projects and to address the barriers to serving more students
across schools, districts, and States.
As importantly, all i3 projects are required to generate additional
evidence of effectiveness. All i3 grantees must use part of their
budgets to conduct independent evaluations (as defined in this notice)
of their projects. This requirement ensures that projects funded under
the i3 program contribute significantly to improving the information
available to practitioners and policymakers about which practices work,
for which types of students, and in what contexts.
The Department awards three types of grants under this program:
``Development'' grants, ``Validation'' grants, and ``Scale-up'' grants.
These grants differ in terms of the level of prior evidence of
effectiveness required for consideration of funding, the level of scale
the funded project should reach, and, consequently, the amount of
funding available to support the project.
Development grants provide funding to support the development or
testing of practices that are supported by evidence of promise (as
defined in this notice) or a strong theory (as defined in this notice)
and whose efficacy should be systematically studied. Development grants
will support new or substantially more effective practices for
addressing widely shared challenges. Development projects are novel and
significant nationally, not projects that simply implement existing
practices in additional locations or support needs that are primarily
local in nature. All Development grantees must evaluate the
effectiveness of the project at the level of scale proposed in the
application. This notice invites applications for Development grants
only. The Department anticipates publishing notices inviting
applications for the other types of i3 grants (Validation and Scale-up
grants) in the spring of 2016.
We remind LEAs of the continuing applicability of the provisions of
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for students who
may be served under i3 grants. Any grants in which LEAs participate
must be consistent with the rights, protections, and processes
established under IDEA for students who are receiving special education
and related services or who are in the process of being evaluated to
determine their eligibility for such services.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.411P (Development grants Pre-Application) and 84.411C (Development grants Full Application).

Note: To receive an Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) Development grant, an entity must submit a pre-application. The pre-application is intended to reduce the burden of submitting a full application for an i3 Development grant. Pre-applications will be reviewed and scored by peer reviewers using the selection criteria designated in this notice. Entities that submit a highly rated pre-application will be invited to submit a full application for a Development grant; however, any entity that successfully submits a pre-application may choose to submit a full application.

Federal Grant Title: Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Investing in Innovation Fund: Development Grants Pre-Application CFDA Number 84.411P
Federal Agency Name: Department of Education
Grant Categories: Education
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-042516-001
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement, Grant
CFDA Numbers: 321561
CFDA Descriptions: Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund
Current Application Deadline: May 25, 2016 Pre-Applications Available: April 27
Original Application Deadline: May 25, 2016 Pre-Applications Available: April 27
Posted Date: Apr 25, 2016
Creation Date: Apr 25, 2016
Archive Date: Jun 24, 2016
Total Program Funding: $103,100,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $19,000,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: none
Expected Number of Awards: 11
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
1. Innovations that Improve Achievement for High-Need Students: All grantees must implement practices that are designed to improve student
achievement (as defined in this notice) or student growth (as defined in this notice), close achievement gaps, decrease dropout rates,
increase high school graduation rates (as defined in this notice), or increase college enrollment and completion rates for high-need students (as defined in this notice).
2. Innovations that Serve Kindergarten-through-Grade-12 (K-12) Students: All grantees must implement practices that serve students who are in grades K-12 at some point during the funding period. To meet this requirement, projects that serve early learners (i.e., infants, toddlers, or preschoolers) must provide services or supports that extend into kindergarten or later years, and projects that serve postsecondary students must provide services or supports during the secondary grades or earlier.
3. Eligible Applicants: Entities eligible to apply for i3 grants include either of the following:
(a) An LEA.
(b) A partnership between a nonprofit organization and--
(1) One or more LEAs; or
(2) A consortium of schools.
Statutory Eligibility Requirements: Except as specifically set forth in the Note about Eligibility for an Eligible Applicant that
Includes a Nonprofit Organization that follows, to be eligible for an award, an eligible applicant must--
(a)(1) Have significantly closed the achievement gaps between groups of students described in section 1111(b)(2) of the ESEA (economically disadvantaged students, students from major racial and ethnic groups, students with limited English proficiency, students with
disabilities); or
(2) Have demonstrated success in significantly increasing student academic achievement for all groups of students described in that section;
(b) Have made significant improvements in other areas, such as high school graduation rates (as defined in this notice) or increased
recruitment and placement of high-quality teachers and principals, as demonstrated with meaningful data;
(c) Demonstrate that it has established one or more partnerships with the private sector, which may include philanthropic organizations,
and that organizations in the private sector will provide matching funds in order to help bring results to scale; and
(d) In the case of an eligible applicant that includes a nonprofit organization, provide in the application the names of the LEAs with
which the nonprofit organization will partner, or the names of the schools in the consortium with which it will partner. If an eligible
applicant that includes a nonprofit organization intends to partner with additional LEAs or schools that are not named in the application, it must describe in the application the demographic and other
characteristics of these LEAs and schools and the process it will use to select them.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Investing in Innovation Fund: Development Grants Pre-Application CFDA Number 84.411P; Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2016
Grant Announcement Contact
Julius Cotton ED FIND Systems Admin. Phone 202-245-6288 Program Manager: Kelly Terpak, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 4CW312, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 453-7122. FAX: (202) 401-4123 or by email:
e-Mail: Program Mailbox

Department of Education 202 708 5660
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