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 are willing to undergo rigorous evaluation.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Intercultural Development Research Association $ 3,999,807   2021-12-152026-12-31
Think Together $ 3,996,010   2021-12-152026-12-15
University Of Missouri System $ 3,999,812   2021-12-152026-12-15
Southern Methodist University $ 7,996,477   2021-12-152026-12-15
Jobs For The Future, Inc. $ 4,000,000   2021-12-152026-12-15
Providence College $ 11,340,342   2021-12-152026-12-15
Uplift Education $ 4,000,000   2021-12-152026-12-15
Education, Illinois State Board Of $ 4,000,000   2021-12-152026-12-15
Cleveland State University $ 2,726,524   2021-12-152026-12-15
University System Of New Hampshire $ 3,565,140   2021-12-152026-12-15

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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 Procedures

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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, Title IV, Part F, Subpart 1.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 4 months from receipt of applications.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Matching requirements are applicable to this program. Applicants must secure matching funds as specified in the Notice Inviting Applications published in the Federal Register. This program does not have MOE requirements.

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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Specific program report requirements will be included in the grant award documents; grantees must submit annual performance reports (Form ED 524B).

Specific cash report requirements will be included in the grant award documents.

Specific progress report requirements will be included in the grant award documents.

Specific expenditure report requirements will be included in the grant award documents.

Specific performance monitoring requirements will be included in the grant award documents.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $120,000,000; FY 17 est $100,000,000; and FY 18 est $370,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $3,000,000-$25,000,000; 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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Margo Anderson 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: 202-205-3010

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria will be contained in the program guidance.

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