Research and Development Fund

As part of our mission, IEA aims to advance research and innovation by actively promoting research projects and activities.

In 2021, the IEA R&D (Research and Development) Fund was created to improve the science and methodology of IEA studies, ensuring that they remain at the forefront of international large-scale assessments) in education. 

Each year, the R&D Fund addresses a variety of key topics for ILSAs in education through open and thematic calls. We look forward to seeing how the future cycles of R&D funding further the work of IEA and research in the ILSA field. 

The 2024 R&D call is now live, please refer to the call here

2024 Open R&D Call

This year’s call is thematically open, meaning that proposals are not limited to pre-defined topics, themes, designs, or methods. Within the call IEA has provided topics of importance to IEA’s work that align with current IEA interests and priorities. For more information, please refer to the IEA Research and Development Call here.

Proposals may be submitted via GoodGrants until 13:00 CEST, Monday, 16 September 2024.

IEA will host an informational webinar to present the current call, provide more information regarding the GoodGrants system, and answer any questions on Wednesday, 10 July 2024 at 14:00 CEST. Find out more here.


The R&D program welcomes proposals from external researchers, regardless of their involvement in IEA studies, as well as 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 ILSAs and studies. 
  • Projects must clearly relate to the methodology that IEA uses in one or more 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 tangible outcomes or recommendations that add value to IEA studies. 
  • Proposals may not duplicate the work that is ongoing at IEA. 

  For any questions regarding R&D, please contact

R&D Outcomes

IEA is delighted to have awarded 16 total projects with funding across three calls for R&D proposals. Recently published R&D outcomes are available below. Find out more about the recently awarded proposals here.

This page is updated with the research outputs and reports for all completed projects.