Kudos to the US government for trying to spur small business innovation by offering up to 150K for research projects that involve education technology (http://bit.ly/z6HxNm). But one look at the Dept of Education application process (http://bit.ly/xFFTbd) and you’ve got to wonder — is it worth all the trouble? I mean it’s long, byzantine and opaque, to put it mildly. Will this really accomplish its goal of attracting some of the most qualified innovators that we’ve got? Maybe the government needs to start thinking even more like the private sector and less like, well, bureaucrats. I would much rather see the feds put on a pitching event like http://sxswedu.com/launchedu. To attract talent you’ve got use methods that are current or you just end up funding people who know how to write grants (or know how to hire people to write grants for them!).