The Office of Education Research (OER) was established on 1 April 2008 to forge an NIE-wide programme of research, development and innovation. It facilitates the governance, planning, monitoring, quality assurance and dissemination of education research across the Institute. Another key function of OER is to administer the Education Research Funding Programme (ERFP) (2008-2012), a pool of research funds provided by the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore. Guided by a policy-driven and evidence-based research framework, academic and research staff work together to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Singapore schools and to enhance NIE's standing as a leading international research institution.
Research is considered to be one of the most important tasks of an academic staff in NIE. The outcomes of research have a strong impact on the professional development of the staff, on the academic standing of NIE and on the community at large. For a staff to conduct a good research project, a systematic research support structure is necessary. Therefore, the Research Grants & Management at the Office of Graduate Studies & Professional Learning (GPL) exists and is designed fundamentally to support staff in securing research funding, and in managing their research projects.