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i3 The U.S. Department of Education grant competition aimed at education innovation.

FY2011 i3 At-A-Glance

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K-12 School District Administrators Funding

SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network)
The most widely used funding opportunity database in the world. Across the globe nearly 500 institutions subscribe to the Web-based search engine. Researchers at these institutions use SPIN as their one-stop-shop for identifying the latest grant programs. By aggregating sponsor information in one system, SPIN dramatically cuts search times and substantially increases the likelihood of positive results. Program information is presented in a standard format that allows investigators to readily compare opportunities.

Department of Justice Solicitations (contact directly)
Provides you with a listing, grouped by date, of all current solicitations.For Vendors and Buyers for Department of Interior Solicitations, Department of Health and Human Services Solicitations, General Services Administration Solicitations, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NSF Funding Opportunities and Awards and Current E-Bulletin
The NSF funds research and education in science and engineering, through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
This page at their site shows you the RFAs they have issued recently.

Education: New Grant Competitions
Department of Education funding opportunities. Includes current and new initiatives.

US Department of Education Technology Initiatives
Offers information and funding addressing the Digital Divide and other programs.

US State/Local Gateway

Violence Against Women Grants
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has recently implemented its online application Grants Management System (GMS) for its Program Office and is phasing in online application for all OJP funding.

National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies

National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies was authorized in 2008, and funded with $500,000 from the Department of Education, was set up a multibillion dollar trust that would act as a "venture capital fund" to research learning technology. "It's time that education had the equivalent of what the National Science Foundation does for science, Darpa does for the national defense and what N.I.H. does for health," Mr. Grossman said in an interview. The National Science Foundation, Mr. Grossman said, started in 1950 with a six-figure appropriation; its fiscal year 2009 appropriation was nearly $6.5 billion. He and Mr. Minow, senior counsel at the law firm Sidley Austin, will be the co-chairmen of the nonprofit organization, along with Anne G. Murphy, former director of the American Arts Alliance.
See the management plan and roadmap Contact directly:
Newton N. Minow [p]312.853.7555
The $500,000 is to get the organization launched and won't be enough to make significant grants to libraries, schools etc. Once the organization is launched, it will then have to raise money from both public and private sources (Congress, Foundations, etc) and then invite applications for grants, with established criteria and standards to be developed and made public.
Lawrence K. Grossman
Anne G. Murphy

Investing in Innovation Program

A coalition of foundations has put up to half a billion dollars to match federal grants meant to encourage education reform, taking the pressure off schools scrambling to find the matching dollars they need to get the money. They are investing $506 million, a portion of which is for a matching fund for the $650 million federal grant program, called Investing in Innovation.

Foundation Registry i3

12/12 The U.S. Department of Education is revamping its Investing in Innovation (i3) grant program by having all applicants work to address one of 10 new priorities.

8/2011 Bellweather Education Partners REPORT Assesses the initial effect of the first round of the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Investing in Innovation (i3) grants on the "innovation ecosystem" in education, including innovators, philanthropic donors, and ED itself. While it's too soon to assess the effect of i3 on student achievement, the authors draw some early lessons, especially as the program's second round is launched. For the report, researchers surveyed i3 applicants, philanthropists, and stakeholders, as well as reviewing the extensive documents made publicly available about the process; they also examined the limited i3 analysis to date. Their assessment found progress in terms of: focusing national attention on the need for innovation in education; emphasis on scaling up successful programs; introduction of a graduated evidence framework that tied federal investments to impact; and steering and accelerating resources toward a specific set of investment priorities aligned with important emerging demand in the field. Areas for improvement included: narrow eligibility requirements that shut out new or early-stage organizations and nearly all for-profit providers; a limited definition of acceptable evidence that skewed and constrained the potential applicant pool; an over-simplified process for the complicated task of selecting emerging, promising, and proven innovations; and a timeline too short for meaningful diligence.

4/29/10 12 Major Foundations Commit $500 Million to Education Innovation in Concert with U.S. Education Department's $650 Million "Investing In Innovation" FundPrivate Foundations Also Launch Online Registry to Help Schools and Programs Access Funds
To dramatically improve student learning outcomes, 12 national foundations have committed $500 million in 2010 funds to leverage the U.S. Department of Education's $650 million Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund aimed at similarly aligned investments, making more than $1 billion available to help expand promising innovations in education that support teachers, administrators, technology tools, and school design across all K-12 schools—public, private and public charter.
The foundations' investments are a continuation of longstanding efforts to foster the innovation education sector. Those efforts include programs that revamp teacher and principal training, spur integrated technology tools for teaching and learning and create capacity for alternative high quality schools, as well as new models for school design. While each participating foundation will maintain independence in determining which programs to fund, the combined $1.1 billion in resources now available to non-profits, state and local education agencies, traditional public schools and public charter schools will catalyze and grow cutting-edge ideas.
“For too long, private investors have been the only ones to seek out and invest in big ideas still operating on a small scale,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “The Department of Education is now taking its cue from these foundations and investing $650 million in innovation, which the foundations will leverage through their $500 million commitment. This historic coordinated effort between the Department of Education and philanthropy will provide more than $1 billion for innovation in education in 2010.”
Participating foundations include The Annie E. Casey Foundation; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; Ford Foundation; John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Lumina Foundation for Education; Robertson Foundation; The Wallace Foundation; The Walton Family Foundation; The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation; and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

8/2010 The U.S. Department of Education grant competition aimed at education innovation. The department chose 49 applicants -- school districts, nonprofits, universities -- who submitted proposals in the Investing in Innovation, or i3, challenge. The award recipients can claim their piece of $650 million from the grant program once they secure a private sector match of 20 percent. List of 315 Grant Award Reviewers

2010 ENTER - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Announces $100 Million Innovation Fund to Invest in Education Initiatives Globally

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Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, noted, "Much of what Secretary Duncan is currently addressing at the Department builds on existing foundation investments in education. As such, the 12 foundations realized this is a significant moment to seriously advance student learning so that all of our young people are prepared to succeed in a global economy and for citizenship in a complex world. It was time to maximize our collective efforts."

American Historical Association now carries out the 1920's Carnegie Foundation goals that will change how history is taught in America.
In 1954 the Reece Committee,chaired by Carroll B. Reece, produced its findings regarding the influence of tax-exempt foundations in the field of education.* The report also briefly mentions their influence in politics, propaganda, social sciences and international affairs. The Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Carnegie Foundation and others were discussed during the Committee hearings. Programs of social engineering designed to acclimate the people to globalist policy and goals, combined with pushes for global governance have been pushed on the American people for almost 100 years.

Foundation Registry i3


The foundations also are launching the Foundation Registry i3, a new online application that aims to simplify the private funding application process for potential grantees and increase access and visibility for new, especially smaller, applicants. It also aims to improve the ability for foundations to examine investment opportunities and better coordinate efforts with the U.S. Department of Education around the i3 Fund. While the Registry i3 will enable applicants to register their proposal just once to reach a broad set of foundations for potential support, each foundation will maintain its own decision-making authority to determine which programs fit within their investment strategies. The Registry i3 is now available at

“We believe the Registry i3 will pave the way for a new approach to leverage technology for philanthropic collaboration—increasing access, efficiency and effectiveness to drive greater impact in the field,” said Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “We strongly encourage i3 applicants to take advantage of the Registry i3 and look forward to evaluating and learning from this experience.”

The foundations saw a unique opportunity to foster connections between public and private funds and to expand the reach of investments previously developed through foundation funds that show promise, especially in the highest-need areas. The $500 million committed in 2010 will help support and scale innovations with evidence of effectiveness within three broad categories:

  • $233,212,635 in Innovation in the Classroom Funds will be used to scale practices and programs that recruit and train effective teachers and school leaders, improve the use of data for professional development and high quality assessments, complement the implementation of high standards, improve early learning outcomes, support college access & success, improve education in Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), support the unique needs of English language learners and students with disabilities and promote digital learning models.

  • $178,114,911 in Innovative School Models Funds will go towards expanding effective practices in turning around low-performing schools; providing support for high-quality school choices including charters and alternative school designs; as well as for digital learning and supporting extended learning time.

  • $95,059,728 in Sustainability of These Innovations Funds will help ensure that innovations have long-term impact and become a part of the broader education landscape. Funds will be used for research and evaluation of the effectiveness of the innovations and for growing the public support and capacity necessary for a more robust innovation sector. Funds in this category will also be used to develop platforms to share information across jurisdictions to continuously improve the field.

In addition to funding programs and strategies aligned with the i3 Fund, many foundations are also trying to help eligible organizations, schools and schools districts apply to the i3 Fund. Recognizing the challenges many face in applying for funding, private foundations have worked together to develop tools that will help facilitate outreach and technical assistance, as well as to help applicants meet the private match requirement.
For example, the Rural School and Community Trust, with a grant from the Kellogg Foundation, is providing technical assistance to rural communities to help them apply for i3 funding. Recognizing that rural communities are historically at a disadvantage for accessing private capital, the Kellogg and Walmart Foundations committed $9 million for a fund to help provide the required private matching money for highly rated rural i3 applicants.
The foundations and the public sector are jointly focusing on promising programs in recruiting and training teachers and school leaders; expanding clear, consistent, college- and career- ready standards and high-quality assessments; and scaling new school designs. The group of foundations believes these innovations, assessed for their efficacy, have the potential to improve student learning, especially for those most in need.

2012 Federal Department of Education announced the 20 highest-rated applications for potential funding under the Investing in Innovation (i3) program. These potential grantees -- school districts, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations -- were selected from 727 applications and must secure private matching funds by December 7, 2012, in order to receive federal funding.
This year's competition required applicants to submit proposed projects focused on one of six priorities: supporting effective teachers or principals; promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; supporting the implementation of high standards and high-quality assessments; increasing parent and family engagement; turning around persistently low-performing schools; and increasing student achievement and high school graduation rates within rural schools. Preference was also given to applications focused on other key reform areas: improving early learning outcomes; increasing college access and success; addressing the unique needs of students with disabilities and English Learners; improving productivity; and using technology.
The Department selected the highest-rated applications based on recommendations from peer review panels. Eight are in the “validation” category, and 12 are in the “development” category. (This year, the agency did not identify any potential grantees for the “scale-up” category, instead choosing to invest in promising applicants in the other two categories.) Validation grants provide up to $15 million to fund projects with moderate levels of evidence of their effectiveness, and grantees must secure matching funds equivalent to 10% of their awards. Development grants provide up to $3 million to support promising but relatively untested projects with high potential for impact on student achievement, and grantees must secure matching funds equivalent to 15% of their awards. Final 2012 awards will be announced no later than December 31, 2012.

2013 Announced all 20 of the highest-rated applicants in the 2012 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition secured their required private matching funds and became official grantees. Together, they will share more than $140 million in federal funding to expand innovative practices designed to accelerate student achievement and help prepare every student to succeed in college and their careers. The i3 program announced the 20 highest-rated applicants -- selected from 727 applications and representing a cross-section of school districts, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations -- in November. Applicants had four weeks to secure private funds, either in cash or in-kind. Private donors are providing about $16 million to support this year's i3 projects. With the addition of the 2012 winners, the i3 program includes 92 grantees that are using nearly $1 billion in federal funding and $162 million in private funds to address persistent education challenges and scale-up effective solutions. AND

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2012 A new report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education looks at how the federal government stands in the way of technology-driven innovation, both actively and passively. The Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) has limits as a vehicle for innovation, the authors say, since it reserves the biggest grants for ideas with the largest evidence base, and it excludes profit-seeking firms from participating. Several barriers also revolve around Title I and IDEA funding. The federal government must close the Title I comparability loophole -- because of which, districts may not consider the costs of experience-based teacher salaries when determining equitable distribution of resources -- since the loophole obscures actual costs accruing to schools. Second, it should streamline the Title I supplement-not-supplant requirement, which now discourages novel use of funds. Third, the federal government must institute a "challenge waiver" system for IDEA Part B maintenance of effort, since it currently requires districts to spend 100 percent of prior-year spending from state and local sources for special education services, tying up precious resources and discouraging data-driven decision-making. Finally, the federal R&D investment in education is young and thinly funded, and the government's capacity to promote innovation in public schools quite modest relative to its capacity in other sectors.