Research calls and grant programs

Small Grants Program

NFID implements the Small Grants Program (SGP), which is aimed at establishing and enhancing collaboration between experts from low — or middle-income countries, and is designed to develop and foster capacity of specialists in the field of education quality assessment.

Who can apply?

Specialists with practical background in the field of educational research, education quality assessment or educational policymaking, that includes at least one researcher from developing or low-income country.

Supported projects
  • Usage of data on students’ achievements for educational management and policymaking.
  • Development and implementation of advanced training and professional development programs for teachers.
  • Existing and new methodologies and approaches to analysing, presenting and use of assessment data to improve and develop teaching and learning.
Supported types of research
  • Analytical studies.
  • Development and approbation of methodologies for school education improvement.
  • Development and piloting of assessment methods and tools for education quality assessment.
Expert Committee of the Small Grants Program

The Expert Committee includes representatives of NFID, World Bank and leading Russian and international experts in the field of education. It is responsible for selection of winners and final report reviewing.

Download SGP provisions

Annual research call for best assessment practices

NFID organizes a series of international research calls in the field of education quality assessment. Calls are designed to help identifying practices and approaches to monitor quality of education that are already successfully applied in educational institutions. The target audience of calls are teachers and curriculum specialists, specialists of regional quality assessment centers, students and post-graduate students whos academic interest is in the field of educational assessment.

Call’s objectives:

•          popularization of the best practices of educational assessment;

•          finding and distributing innovative solutions containing potential for successful application in practice;

•          support and integration of researchers and research teams and individual teachers working to improve the educational process at school.

Calls are held jointly with the leading educational organizations from Central Asia and Eastern Europe with support of the World Bank.

Within the framework of the calls participants present their own methods and approaches to assessment. More than 800 applications were submitted for participation during 3 previous calls.

Winners of the calls receive invitations to present their research results during international events.

Download recearch call provisions