Due to a high volume of applications we extending the review timeline for at-scale research grants. We hope to share decisions with applicants the week commencing May 10th

EdTech Hub Call for Expressions of Interest for at-scale research


EdTech Hub is launching a call for proposals for at-scale research investigating EdTech’s role in high potential but low evidence areas in low- and middle-income countries. The purpose of this call is to increase the amount of high-quality research evidence available regarding the impact of technology-based solutions to improve learning and education. 


  • can apply for up to GBP 750,000 in funding
  • must be undertaken in one (or more) of the six EdTech Hub focus countries (Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Tanzania)
  • must be related to one or more of EdTech Hub’s five focus topics (available in the call)

This call for Expressions of Interest is the first stage in the application process. Researchers who submit applications that meet the necessary criteria in this first stage will be invited to complete a full (second stage) proposal.

You can find details of the call and how to apply on this page, with full eligibility and review criteria available on the call for Expressions of Interest [doc] [pdf].


This is a call for at-scale research. By ‘at-scale research’ EdTech Hub means research on a project or policy that is being delivered at the national level or in several districts in a country. There is no minimum timeframe for a research proposal under this call, but most proposals are expected to be for multi-year research studies, with a maximum study length of three years. 

There is huge potential for technology to be used in a way that helps address the global learning crisis which is not yet being realised. The research funded under this call will  add to the global knowledge base about technology for education. It will enable EdTech Hub and the global education community to improve evidence-based advice to enable decision makers inside and outside government to make better decisions for learning impact, particularly for the most disadvantaged learners. Funded projects will investigate the practical applications of EdTech, generate primary research, and develop recommendations to improve learning and education.

Research studies can apply for up to £750,000 from EdTech Hub under this call. Research that is co-funded by other bodies is welcome as long as it meets the criteria set out in this document. 

Projects must involve robust empirical research and should relate to one or more of EdTech Hub’s five focus topics

  • Technology to support personalised learning and teaching at the right level
  • In-service teacher professional development, structured pedagogy, and technology
  • Technology to promote school participation
  • Girls’ education and technology
  • Technology to advance data use and decision making in education

Research proposals should be for studies that concentrate on and are undertaken in one of the six EdTech Hub focus countries, below

  • Bangladesh
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Pakistan
  • Sierra Leone
  • Tanzania

Research proposals must fall within the thematic areas and countries outlined above in order to be considered. They must clearly demonstrate the potential for impact – that is, high potential for the research findings to inform decision-making processes. Projects must carefully consider how the potential impacts of their research on policy and practice can be maximised and developed, and proposals which challenge existing policy and practice assumptions are welcomed. 

Applicants must clearly describe the gap in the existing body of evidence on EdTech that their research would fill,  and present a clear dissemination plan that addresses how the evidence generated through this research could be used by decision-makers. EdTEch Hub team will work closely with selected applicants to support and enable dissemination opportunities within and across countries, and globally. The outputs will be reviewed according to EdTech Hub’s peer review and quality assurance process. 

For full eligibility and review criteria, see the call for Expressions of Interest [doc] [pdf].

Activity Date
Call for Expressions of Interest Close: Sunday 11th April 2021
Review process
Start: Monday 12th April 2021
Close: Friday 23rd April 2021
Successful candidates invited to submit a full proposal (stage 2)Week beginning: Monday 26th April 2021

Applicants must read the call for Expressions of Interest [doc] [pdf], then download and complete the: 

Next, applicants should complete the Expression of Interest form and upload the documents listed above. 

The Expression of Interest demonstrates adherence to the eligibility and review criteria outlined above. To fill out this form, respondents need to be signed into a Google Account.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is Sunday 11th April 2021.


We are no longer accepting clarification questions for this call All questions received so far will be answered publicly in our Clarification Questions document


For queries: procurement@edtechhub.org (Subject: At Scale Research Call).

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