TheĀ i3 program is designed to "generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of effective solutions across the country to serve substantially larger numbers of students."

The program provides funding to support (1) local educational agencies (LEAs), and (2) nonprofit organizations in partnership with (a) one or more LEAs or (b) a consortium of schools.

Total estimated program funding is $134,500,000. Grants are awarded for scale-up, validation and development. There is a matching or cost sharing requirement.

The deadline for notice of intent to apply is May 23, 2013.