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Ed Unveils i3 Grant Recipients

The United States Department of Education has selected 25 applicants to receive a total of more than $135 million in the fourth round of the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition. The winners will need to secure matching dollars by December 11 in order to receive the funds.

This year's winning applications deal with issues such as "initiatives for training parents and families in the skills and strategies that support their children's educational growth, and redesigning science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) course content and instructional practices to engage students and increase their academic achievement," according to a news release.

"In this era of rapid change, we must make sure that our students are keeping pace with the rigor, relevance and changing demands of the global job market," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a prepared statement. "I am encouraged by the innovative ideas to accelerate student achievement demonstrated in these applications."

In the three previous rounds, projects in three categories, development, validation, and scale up, were eligible for funding. In the latest round, the department decided to focus on only the development and validation categories.

The 18 winners in the development category are:

The seven winners in the validation category are:

Candidates for i3 awards must raise 50 percent of their matching funds before any federal money is disbursed and provide evidence that they have received the other half within six months of the project's start date. If all of this year's winners raise their matching funds, there will be 117 i3 grantees working with "more than $1 billion in federal funds to address some of the most important challenges in education," according to information released by the department.

"The fourth round of the i3 competition continues to demonstrate that there are organizations across the country that are eager to implement a wide range of innovative and effective practices to improve educational outcomes for students," said Acting Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement Nadya Chinoy Dabby, in a prepared statement. "Each year, we are able to grow the portfolio of solutions and the body of evidence that supports these practices."

Visit ed.gov to get more information about the i3 grant competition.

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