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The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) exists to fund the development and evaluation of cost-effective and scalable projects that seek to improve the educational attainment of children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Our focus is on supporting projects that show promising evidence of having a measurable impact on attainment or a directly related outcome. 

We are interested in testing projects’ effectiveness through robust independent evaluations, where appropriate as randomised controlled trials. 

If they are shown to have an impact, they should be able to be scaled up to improve outcomes for other disadvantaged children and young people.

Rounds open for applications

We currently have two rounds open for applications, which can be accessed using this link.

Careers & Enterprise Fund 2016 (closes 20 January 2017)

The Education Endowment Foundation and Bank of America Merrill Lynch are partnering with the Careers & Enterprise Company. As part of the Careers & Enterprise Fund 2016, some careers education projects will be selected to be independently evaluated by the EEF, to assess their impact on young people's outcomes at school and beyond. The application process is run by CEC. Potential applicants should read the prospectus and apply through the Fund's website (not the EEF's website). The EEF and Bank of America Merrill Lynch funded a literature review of careers education evidence earlier this year.

Research schools (closing 12 December 2016)

The Research Schools Network is a partnership between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) to fund a network of schools that will support the use of evidence to improve teaching practice. An initial 5 schools started work in September 2016, and we are now looking for up to 6 more schools to become Research Schools from September 2017. Please ensure that you read the guidance booklet available to download here before submitting an application. 

Round 11: a general funding round (closing 9 December 2016)

Please ensure that you read the guidance notes and our Funding FAQs before submitting an application. You might also find it useful to have a look at the projects we have funded in the past.

At this stage of the application process we are looking for:

  • Well-defined programmes with clear explanation of how they will be implemented within schools or educational settings. Can you be clear about what will happen at every stage of your intervention?
  • Evidence that suggests your intervention is effective. This evidence needs to be as specific to your intervention as possible. It is a good idea to draw on the wider research literature, (e.g. the Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit or our Early Years Toolkit) but only if you can make a clear link back to your intervention. 
  • Programmes that are scalable (ie, can be replicated in schools across England). A programme that relies on the ability of one particular teacher or developer, or is context-specific, is not scalable. Scalable programmes can be delivered by other teachers and other organisations, and should be cost-effective.

We are particularly interested in evidence-based ideas that focus on the following issues:

  • Interventions aimed at improving literacy outcomes in primary school children, which could be tested in primary schools in the North East. For more information about our North East Primary Literacy Campaign, see here.
  • Secondary school subject teaching. We receive relatively few applications about improving subject-specific teaching and attainment in secondary schools (up to GCSE - we do not currently fund work on A level teaching).
  • Interventions that aim to improve how teachers mark pupils’ work. Following the publication of our review of the evidence about marking, A Marked Improvement, we invite proposals focused on improving the quality and impact of written marking.    

However, we remain interested in promising ideas outside of these areas.

To apply for funding, click on Apply Now and either log in (if you’re previously registered) or create a new account. Select the round you wish to apply for.