Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed)


One out of every 113 people is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum, and over half of the world’s refugees are children. The average length of displacement today has reached 20 years and the average length of conflict today is 37 years. Simultaneously, emergency relief in all sectors is extending into longer-term forms of support.

The importance of education for preventing lost generations of children and youth has gained increasing recognition. At the same time, the needs have grown and have become more critical due to accelerated displacement, the rise in violent conflicts and urban violence as well as increasing natural disaster events, putting pressure on the international humanitarian community and its partners, who are faced with substantial shortfalls in funding across all sectors. Meanwhile, there is an overwhelming lack of evidence as to what works to promote children’s learning in crisis-affected contexts. 

E-Cubed Research Envelope 

In response to this, and to reflect Dubai Cares’ commitment made at the World Humanitarian Summit to allocate at least 10% of all its funding for education in emergencies towards research, Dubai Cares launched a research envelope focusing solely on generating more evidence on effective preparedness and response strategies in education in emergencies. This research envelope titled, Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed), aims to fund research ranging from robust randomized controlled trials to evaluations, assessments and gap analyses geared to inform the policies and practices of international and national decision makers, implementing agencies and other local stakeholders (teachers, parents, local government, civil society,  etc.) involved in education in emergencies. The convening of partnerships between academia and implementing agencies is a practice Dubai Cares hopes to encourage in order to foster effective cooperation amongst different actors within the education and emergencies field, to ensure the highest quality outcomes.


Call for Proposals

Dubai Cares and INEE partnered to officially launch the E-Cubed Research Envelope in 2017. The first call for proposals was launched September 19th, 2017. 

*Please stay tunned for the second call for applications to be launched early May 2018! 

Criteria for Funding 

  • Of publishable quality: technically sound and well written final report
    • Measurable
    • Reproducible
  • Increases local capacity where possible by partnering with local research entities, involving local entities in dissemination, and involving local policy makers from the start
  • Contributes to the evidence base of what works in EiE. Identifies and responds to a gap in data or evidence related to what works in EiE.
  • Does not duplicate other efforts
  • Produces a Global Public Good. *In its simplest form a Global Public Good is a resource or commodity that is open source, non-rivalrous and non-excludable.  


Who is eligible:

  • Academic Institutions *E-Cubed will only fund up to 7% of indirect university costs
  • Research Institutions
  • Private and nonprofit organizations
  • UN agencies
  • Governmental agencies/departments
  • Private companies

Who is NOT eligible:

  • Individuals
  • Endowments
  • Capital Campaigns                            
  • Unincorporated associations or groups                             

What will E-Cubed fund:

  • Impact evaluations of education in emergencies interventions that generate policy recommendations either at international, regional, national or programmatic levels.
  • Experimental designs, quasi-experimental designs, qualitative designs linked to regional (multi-country), national or local interventions.
  • Context specific needs assessments in the education in emergencies sector:
    • Whole-of-sector assessments
    • Thematic assessments
    • Regional, national, local
  • Tools and systems development that will enable practitioners on the ground in conflict and crisis affected contexts to better monitor the implementation and quality of education programs, including the development of measurement outcomes, and equity outcomes. 
  • Testing and researching the impact of innovative delivery models (EdTech solutions).                    

What will E-Cubed NOT fund:                                         

E-Cubed will not substitute any funding that should be available:

  • No research or reporting that are part of the normal and required procedure of any program’s implementation
  • No evaluations for which programmatic funds should be available
  • No needs assessments for which programmatic or other funds should be available            

In addition, the following types of activities will NOT be eligible for E-Cubed funding:

  • PhD research
  • Scholarships
  • Curriculum development
  • Program development and implementation
  • Capacity Building
  • Undergraduate research
  • Overhead costs of more than 7% including taxes, insurance, and indirect university costs etc. 

Themes of Inquiry 

  • Adolescents and Youth
  • Certification
  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education and Fragility
  • Gender
  • Higher Education
  • Inclusive Education and Disabilities
  • INEE Minimum Standards
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Psychosocial Support (PSS) and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • School Infrastructure and Safe Spaces
  • Social Cohesion and Education
  • Teacher Capacity Development and Training
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Vocational and Technical Training (TVET)

*Themes of inquiry will be revised periodically to reflect identified gaps in global goods.

*Final investment decisions made by Dubai Cares.