Research and Development Fund

As part of its mission, IEA aims to advance research and innovation by actively promoting research projects and activities. In 2021 the IEA Research and Development (R&D) Fund was created to improve the science and methodology of IEA studies, ensuring that they remain at the forefront of international large-scale assessments (ILSA) in education. 

Each year, the R&D Fund addresses a variety of key topics within international large-scale assessments (ILSA) in education through open and thematic calls. The R&D calls are open to external researchers (e.g., individuals or those associated with a university or survey organization), staff, and experts from study centers for IEA studies, as well as IEA staff.

2022 R&D Submissions are Closed

Thank you to all who submitted proposals for the 2022 R&D Open Call. The proposals received are currently going through review. Successful proposals will be announced at the IEA General Assembly in October 2022.   

Please note that IEA will only consider proposals during specific call periods. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted. Check the Research and Development Fund page for updates about future calls.

Please refer to the IEA Research and Development 2022 Call here for more information.

Proposal Awardees 2021

The three proposals selected by the IEA Standing Committee for the 2021 R&D fund are:

  1. Validity and Measurement Properties in Technology-enhanced Test Items: A Balancing Act
  2. Understanding Students' Computational Thinking Strategies and Test Taking Behaviors Across Countries Using Process Data in ICILS 2018 with Analytical Approach
  3. Using Neural Network Classification for the Automated Scoring of the Image Responses in TIMSS 2023  

Each proposal received funding (between 50-100,000 Euros) for approximately 12 months. For more information on the 2021 winning proposals, go here

2021 R&D Proposal Winners


The R&D call welcomes proposals from researchers regardless of their involvement in IEA studies, external researchers, staff, and experts from study centers for IEA studies, and IEA staff. The award is based on merit only.

All proposals submitted for consideration must adhere to the following criteria:

  • Proposals must be based on rigorous, ambitious, and technically sound research that is relevant to IEA studies on ILSAs. 
  • Projects must clearly relate to the methodology that IEA uses in at least one of its studies or relate to methods that would significantly improve IEA's work in the future. 
  • Submissions must propose specific approaches, innovations, and methods with implementable recommendations that add value to IEA studies. 
  • Proposals may not duplicate the work that is ongoing at IEA.