The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) has launched a new round of its School Choices Fund which is open to research teams that are able to conduct studies.
The School Choices fund supports studies that look at how the different choices schools make lead to different outcomes. These studies examine the natural variation in the school system and use quasi-experimental designs to estimate the impact of different approaches. They will be funded when research questions are relevant to schools and experimental impact evaluations are not feasible.
Previous EEF studies of this type include:
The findings from these studies will inform the EEF’s messages to schools and policy makers, and the design of testable interventions in the future.
In this funding stream, EEF seeks proposals from research teams who can conduct the studies themselves. Applicants seeking funding to scale up a programme or intervention so that it can be independently evaluated should apply to the EEF’s next general funding round, opening in Spring 2020.
All applicants should demonstrate that their research question is salient to teachers and addresses a gap in the evidence base. Nine strategic priorities that are particularly interesting to the EEF are as follows:
Teacher retention and quality
Applicants must register via the EEF grants portal and complete the online form.
Guidance on completing the form can be found in the application guidance notes.
The deadline for applications is 14 February 2020.