E-Cubed Research Envelope

The Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed) Research Envelope aims to strengthen the evidence base in EiE, by supporting contextually relevant and usable research, and disseminating global public goods. Dubai Cares partnered with INEE in 2017 to design and manage this research envelope. INEE coordinates the proposal submission and review processes, while Dubai Cares makes final funding decisions. For more information please see E-Cubed Frequently Asked Questions

Call for Proposals

2021 call for proposals - Closed 10 October 2021.

Ongoing Projects 

Check out this page for a summary of E-Cubed Research Grants since 2017. As research outcomes and products become available, INEE will disseminate and curate resources with the aim that evidence produced through this fund is shared widely to inform policy and practice. 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 and the INEE COVID-19 Survey on Evidence Gaps

IRC in Jordan
© R. Arnold, IRC


In 2016 it was estimated that more than 75 million children were in dire need of educational support in crisis-affected contexts. The overwhelming benefits of education to individuals, families, and societies in crisis-affected contexts has gained global recognition, yet the needs have grown and have become more critical. The intensification of violence in armed conflicts, expanding displacement, and increasing disasters, all place pressure on the international humanitarian community who are faced with substantial shortfalls in funding across all sectors.

As the average length of displacement increasingly exceeds the duration of a typical basic education cycle, the strikingly low share of international humanitarian funding allocated to education is not sufficient to support the unprecedented need of children in crisis-affected contexts.

Meanwhile, there is an overwhelming lack of evidence as to what works to promote children’s learning in these challenging contexts. EiE lags behind other sectors in evidence production. Evidence-based programming and planning is vital in EiE precisely because funding is limited. Practitioners and donors alike must ensure that the little funding available supports interventions that are grounded in an understanding of what works in EiE.

Research Envelope

In response to this, Dubai Cares committed at least 10% of all its funding for education in emergencies to research at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit. This research envelope titled, Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed), focuses on generating evidence on effective preparedness and response strategies in EiE. The envelope aims to fund rigorous research geared to inform the policies and practices of international and national decision makers, implementing agencies, and other local stakeholders involved in education in emergencies. The convening of partnerships between academia and implementing agencies is a practice Dubai Cares hopes to encourage in order to foster effective cooperation amongst different actors within EiE, thereby ensuring that research is both relevant and actionable.

The E-Cubed research envelope contains $10 million USD to be dispersed over a period of 5 years. Each year a new call for proposals is announced with a funding pool of roughly $2 million USD.

INEE-Dubai Cares Partnership

Dubai Cares logoIn 2017, Dubai Cares partnered with INEE to design and manage the E-Cubed fund. This partnership aligns with INEE’s strategic priority to provide, curate, and organize knowledge to inform policy and practice. INEE’s role in this partnership is to coordinate the proposal submission process and proposal review for Dubai Cares. To ensure rigorous and unbiased review, INEE convenes an independent Advisory Panel made up of policy makers, academics and practitioners who review proposals in an anonymous process. Out of this review process, a small group of proposals are shortlisted based on their overall score and recommendations from the advisory panelists. Shortlisted proposals are then shared with Dubai Cares who make final funding decisions. Once final funding decisions are announced, Dubai Cares coordinates the disbursement of funds and manages ongoing grants.


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).