The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) – in partnership with the Royal Society – is commissioning a review of the current evidence about science education in formal education settings for young people. The review will identify the most promising approaches and programmes which can support young people to achieve key educational outcomes in science, with a particular focus on pupils from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We are seeking proposals from research teams able to complete this review by July 2016.

The purpose of the review is to:

  • identify the link between disadvantage and attainment and participation in science subjects;
  • explore the cause of any attainment or participation gap with the aim of helping the EEF
  • select projects that are likely to address these causes (e.g. parental expectations or pupil disaffection); and
  • identify promising pedagogies, interventions and programmes, within school and/or involving families, that are likely to impact on the attainment and progression of disadvantaged students in science subjects.

The deadline for proposals is 9 am on 4th March 2016. We are looking to appoint someone by 18th March to begin working straight away, submitting a draft to the EEF by the 8th July 2016. This is because, owing to funding timetables, we anticipate opening the new grant-funding round at the start of October so we need to frame the application criteria and guide applicants accordingly. We plan to publish the finished version of the review by the start of September.

Full details on the scope of the review and the requirements for submitting a proposal are available in the accompanying pdf.

Appointment Process

If you would like to be considered to undertake the review, please send a brief outline describing your proposed approach. Please include an overview of your relevant skills and experience, and an estimated budget. Proposals should be no more than 1,000 words.

We will finalise the specification with the successful team. The final report will be peer reviewed. Report length and budget are open for discussion at this stage.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Yeomans:

Please send your short proposal to: by 9 am on 4th March 2016.