2021 Call for Proposals - CLOSED

2021 Call for Proposals: July 28th - October 10th, 2021, 11:59pm EST.

*2021 shortlisted proposals are currently under review. Applicants will be notified via Submittable and email.

For an introduction to the Research Fund, please view the recording and question transcript from the June 8th 2020 E-Cubed Q&A Webinar, here. For more information please see E-Cubed Assessment CriteriaFrequently Asked Questions, and Dubai Cares' budget template and guidelines.

It is estimated that over 91% of students globally have had their education interrupted due to COVID-19. This global pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on education systems around the world and is exacerbating existing challenges related to education and learning. COVID-19 has highlighted the need for quality evidence to support emergency preparedness and response across education systems globally.

The 2021 call for E-Cubed proposals aimed to generate and disseminate relevant and usable research that contributes to knowledge and practice in order to support education during crises and large-scale disruptions. To learn more about the type of proposals that are welcomed through E-Cubed, please see the analytics on E-Cubed proposals received between 2017-2020, the INEE COVID-19 Survey on Evidence Gaps, and the E-Cubed funded projects page.


Grantee Advice

2020 E-Cubed Grantee: Think carefully about dissemination, about all the costs involved in creating a website, translating knowledge products into multiple languages, formatting reports professionally for greatest impact, and transforming the results into findings that can be shared at multiple levels from the global to the local. 

2019 E-Cubed Grantee: Keep the outcomes of the research study achievable and realistic. Sometimes it can be tempting to want to analyze very large, complex problems in one study, but that is not advised. Another piece of advice is to form authentic partnerships with local researchers and/or institutions early on in the proposal stage. The applicant should work alongside them to set the research goals, methodology and overall planning.

2017 E-Cubed Grantee: Find good research collaborators who complement your strengths and grow with you in the work, particularly in difficult times. A second piece of advice is that the research will not go as planned. Build this truth into your research design. Finally, Dubai Cares and INEE will be your research champions. You could not ask for more thoughtful partners to accompany you in this work.

Criteria for Funding 

Dubai Cares and INEE have designated the following criteria for E-Cubed funding. These criteria exemplify the E-Cubed approach to strengthening the EiE evidence base. 

Please see E-Cubed FAQs for specific information on these criteria. 

  • Proposal outlines "usable" research which contributes to the evidence base in EiE by identifying and responding to a gap in data or evidence. 
  • Research design, implementation, and dissemination is led by, and inclusive of voices of people and institutions within crisis-affected contexts. 
  • Research includes a clear dissemination strategy to produce a Global Public Good. *In its simplest form a Global Public Good is a resource that is freely available with no restriction in access. 



Who is eligible: 

  • Academic Institutions
  • Research Institutions
  • Private and nonprofit organizations
  • UN agencies
  • Governmental agencies
  • Private companies

Who is NOT eligible: 

  • Individuals, including undergraduate or PhD research, and scholarships
  • Endowments
  • Capital Campaigns                  
  • Unincorporated associations or groups

What E-Cubed will not fund: 

  • E-Cubed will not fund program design or implementation, and will not substitute any funding that should be available as part of existing programmatic funding.

Review Process

In partnership with Dubai Cares, INEE coordinates a rigorous review process of submitted proposals:

  • Each proposal is reviewed to ensure that it follows E-Cubed criteria and eligibility requirements including whether the proposal is clearly focused on education, linked to an emergency context, and demonstrates that requested funds will not replace programmatic funding that should otherwise be available. Proposals that meet these requirements are then shared with an independent advisory panel of EiE experts representing policy, academia, field and practitioner perspectives. *Please see E-Cubed Assessment Criteria for more information.
  • Each proposal is reviewed by at least two panelists in an anonymous process. Panelists score proposals based on E-Cubed criteria for funding and provide feedback on aspects of each proposal including research relevance & rationale, research design & methodology, research approach, and research outcomes.
  • Based on the advisory panel's scoring and feedback, proposals are ranked. In cases where there are major score discrepancies of a single proposal, an additional panelist moderates the scores.
  • From this process, 10-12 proposals are shortlisted for funding.
  • INEE shares with Dubai Cares a complete proposal ranking along with the shortlisted proposals.
  • Dubai Cares selects projects for funding.  
  • Once projects are funded, it takes on average 3-6 months for projects to be launched. 

Review of shortlisted proposals: 

Dubai Cares logoIn its review of shortlisted proposals, Dubai Cares thinks critically about how the E-Cubed research envelope will most meaningfully contribute to the evidence base for EiE. A key consideration when selecting proposals for funding is the support of EiE research that is freely accessible to, designed for, and inclusive of local EiE actors. Dubai Cares also considers how research will support evidence generation in underfunded and under-researched areas and contexts. Dubai Cares strives to select proposals which cover a diverse range of research locations, methodologies, and inquiries.


For questions related to E-Cubed proposal submission and review please contact INEE (Sonja Anderson). For questions related to final funding decisions and ongoing grant management contact Dubai Cares (Nadeen Alalami).