Superintendent's Memo #172-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

June 17, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund Grants

The U. S. Department of Education has announced the 2011 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition. This is the second round of i3 grants that continues support for evidence-based practices in education. The i3 grants will make $150 million available to individual school divisions, consortia of divisions, and nonprofit organizations in partnership with divisions or groups of schools. Grants will be available within the same three categories as in round one:

To qualify for the competitive grants, applications must address one of the following five areas:

Competitive preference will be given to applications addressing one or more of the following priorities:

Applications are due on August 2. Awards will be made no later than December 31.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a notice of intent to apply by June 23. Additional information may be found at

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Mark Saunders, educational technology specialist, via e-mail at or by phone at (804) 786-0307.