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.

Research and Development Call Awardees

IEA is delighted to award six projects from the second round of Research and Development proposals with funding. The second R&D call was left thematically open so long as the proposal was relevant to the work of IEA, allowing for a broader range of topics to be submitted.

Read more about the selected proposals and the Research and Development fund in the dedicated IEA Insider article

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 were 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.


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.