ESRC/DFID Education and development: Raising learning outcomes in education systems call 2013-14

This call is now closed. The details below are for information only.

The Department for International Development (DFID) and ESRC are continuing their strategic partnership with a dedicated research programme on 'Education and development: Raising learning outcomes in education systems'. Both funders are committed to commissioning world class research and ensuring the results are available for policymakers and development workers worldwide.

The programme will generate world-class and cutting-edge policy-relevant research that addresses key questions on learning outcomes within education systems in developing countries. The ultimate aim is to provide policymakers and practitioners with concrete ideas on how to improve learning and understanding of how these will translate to their specific contexts and institutions, enabling more effective policies and interventions.

In total £20 million has been allocated to the programme, which will be awarded through three annual research calls. Each call will have a core thematic focus, but opportunities will also be provided for other innovative research on learning outcomes and education quality, as well as larger-scale work addressing the lack of high quality data in education and development research. Proposals are sought from across the social sciences and may be for fundamental or more applied research topics, as long as the policy relevance is clearly articulated. There are no geographic restrictions on who may apply for this funding opportunity: researchers from developing and developed countries can work together in any configuration of their choosing, and principal investigators can be from anywhere in the world.

The 2013-2014 call is focused on the theme 'effective teaching'. A total of up to £5 million is being made available for full proposals to three different types and scale of grant within this call:

Small grants/pilot projects:

  • from £50,000 to £150,000 at full Economic Cost (fEC)
  • one year duration
  • may or may not address the call theme of effective teaching.

Medium grants:

  • between £200,000 and £500,000 fEC
  • two to three years duration
  • must address the call theme of effective teaching.

Large grants:

  • up to £1,000,000 fEC
  • up to five years duration
  • must address the call theme of effective teaching but, given their scale, will normally be expected to include analysis of other system dynamics that influence teaching practices and learning outcomes
  • will produce a major new dataset and/or access to previously inaccessible developing country administrative data for secondary analysis.

The full specification and other relevant documents can be found below. This call is now closed.

Important reminder: Any UK and non-UK applicant(s) and their institutions intending to apply to this call must ensure they are registered with the Joint Electronic Submission System (Je-S). It is essential to allow sufficient time to secure Je-S registration - we strongly recommend that applicants register with Je-S at least four weeks prior to the call deadline, as no exceptions can be made for late submission of applications.

If you and your research organisation are already registered for Je-S, electronic applications can be accessed via the Je-S website.

Further information

Please send email queries to eddev@esrc.ac.uk or contact:

  • Heather Gurd
    Telephone: +44 (0)1793 413151
  • Mary Day
    Telephone: +44 (0)1793 413078