Dept of Ed Webinar

Dear Colleagues,

This year, Congress has appropriated $60 million to the Department of Education (ED) for the First in the World (FITW) grant competition, with a $16 million set-aside for Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI's).  

To help prepare institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations and others interested in applying for a FITW grant, on Wednesday, April 15th, 4:00-5:00 pm Eastern Time, ED will host an informational webinar covering the overall goals of the FITW grant competition, and the general application requirements of ED’s evidence-based grant competitions.  

The purpose of the FITW grant competition is to incentivize institutions of higher education and partnering nonprofit organizations to collaborate and help spur the development of innovative approaches and strategies that will improve educational access and outcomes.  To help grow the evidence base of effective educational practices, FITW is structured as an evidence-based grant competition that offers up to three tiers of grants – development, validation, and scale up.  Each tier requires a specific level of evidence underlying the proposed approach, and rigorous evaluation of each funded intervention.  

This webinar will discuss this new approach to grant competitions at a general level; subsequent webinars will provide more detail on evidence tiers and the specific 2015 FITW priorities.  ED expects to announce priorities for this competition in May; proposed priorities for the overall program were open for public comment in February-March.

To join the webinar:
1. Go to
2. Enter your name/organization and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: FITW
4. Click "Join".
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:

To join the teleconference only:

Dial-in number:  888-790-1887888-790-1887 FREE
Participants passcode: 60606
For assistance:

1. Go to
2. On the left navigation bar, click "Support".

For those not able to join the webinar, a recording and transcript will be posted within a week of the webinar under the “Tips and Assistance” section on the FITW Applicant Page, found here.

This competition is run out of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) office, at ED’s Office of Postsecondary Education.

To learn more about the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) and its grant programs, please visit OPES’s website orfollow us on Twitter at: @EDPostsecondaryCallSend SMSAdd to SkypeYou'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype