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Investing in Innovation Fund (i3)

The Investing in Innovation Fund, also known as i3, is an education research grant program that was established through the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The program provides competitive grants to eligible partnerships between nonprofit organizations and schools or school districts. The i3 grants were established using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to test new ideas, validate what works, and scale up the most effective approaches in education policy and practice in the United States. The i3 program represents a significant shift in the role of the federal government in education from mandating compliance to encouraging innovation. This entry outlines the rationale, purpose, and key elements of the i3 fund.


The i3 fund is based on a combination of four primary ...

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