This call has now closed. The following is for information only.

ESRC and DFID are pleased to announce a second annual funding call under the Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme.

Deadline for proposals: 16.00 (UK time) on 14 May 2015

This £20 million programme is generating world-class cutting-edge social science research that addresses key questions on learning outcomes within education systems in developing countries. The 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. Funding is being awarded through three annual calls, each with a different but complementary thematic focus.

The 2015 call is focused on the theme of 'Challenging Contexts' - where education systems face particular challenges, what enables and/or inhibits the raising of learning outcomes? The specific contexts of focus are:

  • Remote rural
  • Urban slums
  • Border cities

A total of up to £6.5 million is being made available for proposals to this call. Proposals are invited for projects with a full economic cost (fEC) value of between £200,000 and £700,000. Proposals outside this value range will not be accepted. This budget limit refers to the total cost of the project, not the contribution paid by the ESRC and DFID. Projects may be from one year up to a maximum of four years in duration.

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. Proposals which are not deemed to be within the scope of the call will be rejected.

All proposals under this call must be completed and submitted through the Research Councils' Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S). To be able to do this the organisation must be registered (or self-registered) for Je-S, and the applicants must hold Je-S accounts. Any UK and non-UK applicant(s) and their institutions intending to apply to this call must ensure they are registered with Je-S and should allow sufficient time to secure this - 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 proposals.

Webinar for potential applicants

The ESRC and DFID held a number of web-based seminars for potential applicants to this call to provide guidance on the programme, the call and the application process.