15th Request for Proposals (RFP) for Education Research Funding Programme

15th Request for Proposals (RFP) for Education Research Funding Programme

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

The Office of Education Research (OER) is pleased to announce the 15th Request for Proposal (RFP). In this third tranche of funding, OER seeks to encourage research in Scaling, Translation and Knowledge Management that may facilitate the synthesis of research findings from projects in different disciplines, as well as develop scalable pedagogical interventions to enable systemic improvement in the education system with a focus on:

Special Focus on (I) Research Focus on Language and Literacy, Bilingualism and Communication; (II) System Studies in Pedagogies & Educational Outcomes – CORE Research; and (III) Programmatic Research

(I) The first special focus area is on Language and Literacy, Bilingualism and Communication. In this call, we focus on the broad areas of language and literacy, bilingualism and communication across a wide spectrum from early childhood to adolescent learning. Given the importance of language as a communicative tool and the need for cross-cultural communication in an increasingly connected, and rapidly changing multicultural world, we are interested in the various ways that students learn and use language in a variety of situations and contexts.

(II) The special focus area on System Studies in Pedagogies & Educational Outcomes – CORE Research Program focuses on understanding what goes on and what works in Singapore’s classrooms – more specifically, the instructional core (City, Elmore, Fiarman & Teitel, 2009). It is of interest to the MOE and schools to gain a better understanding of what works in the instructional core in our classrooms and schools as a critical step in the next developmental stage of our education system.

(III) The special focus area on Programmatic Research is defined by an over-arching project research theme which focuses on a key educational issue, problem, phenomena or outcome, along with a number of themes – specific research studies that address important aspects or components of the issue, problem, phenomena or outcome. It therefore has a common strand or focus, supported by a common theoretical framework, and undertakes a coherent, comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to understanding and addressing the issue, problem, phenomena or outcome.

For more information about Programmatic Research, please download document here.

For more information about the 15th RFP, please download document here.

The 15th call for proposals is open from 11 Nov 2015 to 13 Jan 2016 with the following timelines:

15th Request for Proposals: 11 Nov 2015
Briefing Session for NIE Faculty: 18 Nov 2015
Endorsement by Reporting Officer: 4 Jan 2016
Submission Deadline: 13 Jan 2016

Expression of Interest

Interested applicants are to indicate their expression of interests as early as possible, before 14 December 2015 via Research Operation Management System (ROMS). For advice on budget matters, please email oer.rsu@nie.edu.sg.

Briefing Session for NIE Faculty

Applicants are encouraged to attend a briefing session to find out more about the 15th RFP and the grant application and evaluation process.

Date: 18 November 2015
Time: 10am to 11.30pm
Venue: NIE5-01-04 (Seminar Room)

Budget Consultation Sessions

The Research Support Unit (RSU) will be organizing individual budget consultation sessions for potential grant applicants in November and December 2015. Applicants will be able to clarify budgeting guidelines and seek advice on budgetary matters during these sessions. Applicants may prepare the draft Case for Support and Budget Tool (OERRG1B/2B) and bring them along during the sessions. The sessions will be scheduled twice a week from 23 Nov 2015 to 17 Dec 2015 at NIE5-01-04 (Blk 5 Seminar Room). We encourage applicants to sign up for the respective sessions at the following link: http://doodle.com/poll/pxh87e4xnum35ftu.

Submission Details

All applications for a Research or Development Grant must be done through ROMS. ROMS will be open to prospective applicants from 11 November 2015.

The submission deadline is 13 January 2016. However, you are to submit your application by 4 January 2016 to your Reporting Officer for endorsement via ROMS.

For Programmatic Research applications, please submit the softcopies of the full proposals to oergrant@nie.edu.sg. To complete the process, a signed hardcopy of the application must be submitted, no later than 18 January 2016 to:

OER Grant Management Unit
Office of Education Research
National Institute of Education, Singapore
NIE 5-03-56A
1 Nanyang Walk
Singapore 637616

Useful Resources and Contacts

More information about ERFP can be found here. All application forms and guides are available in the NIE Portal: Login > Services > Academic > Research > NIE Education Research Funding Programme (ERFP).

For clarification, please contact Ms Wah Shih Fen at 6219 6229 or email us at: oergrant@nie.edu.sg.