As an quick update: this just in via email from the USDOE i3 Team:
Thank you for your participation in the Investing in Innovation (i3) program and for your efforts to improve public education. The U.S. Department of Education (Department) received nearly 1,700 applications for the i3 competition. We are pleased to share that we will announce the names of the highest-rated applicants on August 5, 2010. At that time, we will post a press release on the Department’s Web site, as well as share further guidance on the required 20 percent private-sector match. Evidence of this match must be submitted to the Department by September 8, 2010.
In accordance with the Department’s ongoing commitment to transparency, the peer reviewers’ comments and scores for all highest-rated applications will also be posted on the i3 Web site on August 5, 2010. In addition, we will simultaneously post the project narratives for all of the highest-rated Scale-Up applications. The narratives for the highest-rated Validation and Development applications will be posted as soon as possible. Consistent with the Department’s practices for releasing such information, these documents will be redacted, where appropriate, to protect privacy information about an individual and proprietary information.
While summary information on all applicants is available on data.ed.gov, we encourage all highest-rated applicants to take advantage of tools such as the Open Innovation Portal (innovation.ed.gov) and the Foundation Registry i3 (foundationregistryi3.org), to provide as much information as possible about their applications to a wide variety of potential funders (see Securing the i3 Private-Sector Match: A Resource for Applicants, available online at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/innovation/privatesectormatch.pdf).
An Overview of the i3 Review Process (July 26, 2010), a newly created document that explains the i3 review and selection process, is also available on the i3 Web site at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/innovation/index.html.
We thank you for your participation in this grant competition.
The i3 Team
As word is starting to make its way around the country regarding approvals and declinations for the 2010 USDOE Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination program (I am extremely happy to say the The Center for Arts Education was awarded a 2010 AEMDD grant!), I’ve been hearing conflicting information about when the results of the USDOE i3 program will be announced.
Okay, so, who did apply to i3 for an arts project, what was the application for, and how much was requested?
With the help of my colleague Jonathan Greenberg, I have compiled two documents directly from the recently released data from the USDOE. The first document contains a list of applicants that included the arts as a substantial part of their application. The second provides key information, including the project description, amount requested, list of partners, etc.
Out of the nearly 1700 applications in total, 52 were arts focused. The largest number of applications from any single state were from New York (12). Overwhelmingly, the lion share of applications were for the lower-tier of grant amounts (43 for the “development” category). Nine applications were for the “validation” tier, and no applications were made for top tier, “scale-up,” which maxes out at $50,000,000.
For those who would like to search the USDOE database, click here for the link.
Now, I wish I had the time to do further analysis, including a breakdown of percentage of applications for each competitive priority, discipline, etc. There’s a lot that could be done here. Perhaps I will get to it shortly, but for the moment, if you would like to take a look at 52 applications submitted to the USDOE’s i3 program, take a look at these two documents.
Now for my disclaimer: To compile this list, I searched on the following terms: arts, art, music, dance, theater, opera. It’s possible I missed some that were not returned as results to those query terms. If you’re one of those that were missed, apologies in advance.