USED Webinar: ‘First in the World’ Grants

Are you thinking of applying for a federal “First in the World” (FITW) grant? Learn about the program during a free webinar with the U.S. Department of Education this Wednesday, April 15, 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT.

The FITW program is run through the Department’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education office. Intended to spur collaborative innovation among institutions of higher education and partnering nonprofit organizations, FITW grants target improved educational outcomes, college affordability, and an evidence base of effective practices. The grants are funded at $60 million this year, including a $16 million set-aside for minority-serving institutions.

The competition offers up to three “tiers” of grants—development, validation, and scale up—each requiring specific evidence and rigorous evaluation. This week’s webinar will provide an overview of this funding approach and its application requirements; more detail is expected next month, when the competition’s official priorities will be announced.

Register for the webinar here.

To view a recording of the webinar after it runs, visit the FITW applicant page (allow a week or so for the recording to be available).


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