Sponsored Programs Administration

Limited Submission Announcement

Please follow the MU Limited Submission Procedures to be considered for a limited submission program.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Networks for School Improvement

Campus Deadline:

UPDATED INFORMATION: As of 2/6/18 Campus Interest exceeds allowed applications.

Please follow MU Limited Submission Procedures
Campus Deadline is Thursday, February 8, 2018

External Deadline:

February 21, 2018 l 7:00 p.m. CT

Web Address:


Funding Amount:

Type 1 Grants: Based on an average network size of 20-40 schools for 3-5 years, we envision investments ranging from $1-$4M per year.

Type 2 Grants: Award sizes (up to $500,000 total for 12-24 months) will be determined based on project specifics, including the scope and duration of the investment and number of schools involved in the network.


Each Intermediary organization may submit no more than two applications in response to this RFP. 

We invest in partnerships between networks of schools and school support organizations, working together to solve common problems by using evidence-based interventions that best fit their needs and data-driven continuous learning—where schools use data to identify a problem, select a strategy to address the problem, set a target for improvement, and iterate to make the approach more effective and improve student achievement.

Type 1 grants are multi-year awards (three to five years) for a small number of networks. We anticipate making only three to five Type 1 investments in 2018.

Intermediaries that apply for Type 2 grants are developing their capacity to facilitate an NSI. As such, these grants are generally smaller in scope and duration. 

Contact the MU Office of Foundation Relations before contacting the foundation directly.

Post Date: 02/01/18