Investing in Innovation Fund (i3)

GEAR UPThe i3 program is designed to provide competitive grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement, in order to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates.

The AVID College Readiness System is a good fit with a number of the i3 priorities. AVID would be pleased to be a vendor on an LEA's i3 project and offers:

  • A 32 year record of closing the achievement gap and significantly improving academic achievement for all students
  • A proven data system to measure and document outcomes
  • An extensive teacher and student support system - including intensive professional learning for teachers, counselors and administrators
  • A system of school-wide reform that often results in the transformation of the academic, college-going culture of a school
  • A comprehensive system that once implemented can be sustained without significant ongoing expenditures.

For more information, visit The Department of Education- i3 website.

AVID Center awarded 2012 i3 Development Grant

FY 2014 i3 Development Competition

In the Federal Register on March 14, 2014, the Department of Education opened the competition for the i3 Development grant pre-application.

Pre-application due April 9, 2014
Applicants with highest evaluation ratings will be asked to submit full applications.

Awards: up to $3,000,000; 10-20 awards expected

Term: 36-60 months

Website: Department of Education i3

Deadline for notice of intent to Apply: April 3, 2014; form at

Resources for i3 Applicants

AVID i3 program overview
i3 pre-application
i3 FAQ’s
i3 Eligibility Criteria

i3 Development grants provide funding to support high-potential and relatively untested practices, strategies, or programs whose efficacy should be systemically studied. An applicant must provide evidence that the proposed practice, strategy, or program, or one similar to it, has been attempted previously albeit on a limited scale or in a limited setting, and yielded promising results that suggest that more formal and systemic study is warranted.

An applicant must provide a rationale for the proposed practice, strategy or program that is based research on findings or reasonable hypotheses, included related research or theories in education and other sectors.

The key aspects for the i3 Development competition are that it:

  1. Identifies six Absolute Priorities for the FY 2014 Competition, representing a range of education
       topics including subparts under each priority that target specific needs. There are no longer
       Competitive Preference Priorities.

  • Absolute Priority 1—Improving the Effectiveness of Teachers or Principals
  • Absolute Priority 2—Improving Low-Performing Schools
  • Absolute Priority 3—Improving Academic Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
  • Absolute Priority 4—Improving Academic Outcomes for English Learners (ELs)
  • Absolute Priority 5—Effective Use of Technology
  • Absolute Priority 6—Serving Rural Communities*
* Note that applicants applying under this priority must address one of the other five absolute priorities for the FY 2014 i3 Development competition listed above, while serving students enrolled in rural LEAs.
  2. Revises the evidence standards and definitions so that applicants can better understand what is
      required to meet each level of evidence.
  • Development applicants must identify the evidence standard under which they are submitting their applications (i.e., evidence of promise or strong theory).
  3. Modifies the process for applicants to secure, and demonstrate evidence of, the required
      private-sector match
  • Applicants must still secure 15 percent of its Federal grant award but, the timeframe has been expanded.
  • Highest-rated applicants must submit evidence of 50 percent of the required private-sector match prior to the awarding of an i3 grant.  An applicant must provide evidence of the remaining 50 percent of the required private-sector match no later than six months after the project start date.
  4. Allows pre-applicants who were not highly rated to submit a full application if they choose.

FY 2014 i3 Validation and Scale-up Competitions to be announced