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 one round open for applications, which can be accessed using this link

  • 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.
  • 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.