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The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) exists to fund the evaluation of cost-effective and replicable projects that seek to improve the educational attainment of pupils who are eligible for free school meals.

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 replicated and scaled up to improve outcomes for other disadvantaged pupils.

Round 10 (Spring 2016) is currently open and will close on 1 April 2016.

You can apply for funding by clicking on Apply Now and either logging in (if you’re previously registered) or creating a new account.


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 Teaching and Learning Toolkit or Early Years Toolkits) but only if you can make a clear link back to your intervention. Programmes that are scalable (can be replicated in schools across England). A programme that relies on the ability of one particular teacher or developer is not scalable. Scalable programmes can be delivered by other teachers and other organisations, and should be cost-effective.

We are currently (Round 10) particularly interested in evidence-based ideas that focus on the following issues:

  • Early years, including early language development, self-regulation, parental engagement/home learning, and professional development in early years settings.
  • Interventions aimed at improving literacy outcomes in primary school children, that could be tested in schools in the North East. For more information about our North East Literacy Campaign, see here
  • Secondary school subject teaching. We receive relatively few applications about improving subject-specific teaching and attainment in secondary schools.

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