NGLC has announced Wave IV, Breakthrough School Models for College Readiness, and welcomes potential applicants to review the invitation and details on these investments here.


Across the country, innovators, educators, and institutions are applying the full potential of technology to boost student success. The timing is apt and the need is great:  30 percent of U.S. high school students drop out of high school each year, and 55 percent of college students do not graduate.

NGLC seeks out technology-enabled approaches and innovative instructional strategies that reverse these trends, and supports them with grants and community-building tools to broaden their impact (Wave IV press release).

The goal:  improve student success, create personalized learning experiences, and develop knowledge and skills for a lifetime. Read more on NGLC's approach here.

Technology-enabled innovations for specific challenges

  • NGLC grants are made through multiple funding waves launched every six to twelve months. Each wave targets specific challenges that address barriers to educational success.

  • The actual number of grants and the grant amounts vary by wave. Each wave involves a separate Request for Proposals, which outlines the challenges and the value and number of grants to be made.

  • NGLC recognizes the well-documented impact of technology on the way today’s students learn and, therefore, all NGLC waves foster technology-enabled solutions.

Winning ways to improve student success

  • NGLC has awarded more than $40 million to date, supporting a wide range of organizations, including research universities, community colleges, and start-up companies, state agencies and associations working with school districts.

  • Projects – from designing a national middle-school match contest to combining online learning with social networking – reflect tech-savvy thinking, educational understanding, rigorous assessment, and creativity.

Should you apply for an NGLC Grant?

NGLC grants, 48 made to date, are available to all entities, taxable, and non-exempt organizations, and U.S. federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies. Details for each wave of funding are contained in the Request for Proposals.

Learn more:

Wave I Challenges
Wave I Winners
Wave II Challenges
Wave II Winners
Wave III Challenges