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

2018 E-Cubed Call for Proposals

Submission period: June - August 3, 2018 11:59pm EST


Please submit your E-Cubed proposal here. Find a complete description of the online application here

For more information please see E-Cubed Frequently Asked Questions. On the E-Cubed FAQ page you will also find Dubai Cares' budget template and guidelines.


Criteria for Funding

  • Research contributes to the evidence base of what works in EiE by identifying and responding to a gap in data or evidence.
  • Research 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.  
  • Research does not duplicate other efforts. *Proposals can build on previous research but should not replicate past studies.
  • Research increases local capacity where possible by partnering with local research entities, involving local entities in dissemination, and involving local policy makers in identifying research themes.
  • Proposal is technically sound and well written.
  • Proposal is rigorous, including an accurate conceptual framing, a robust methodology, and consideration of cultural appropriateness/sensitivity/protection issues.
  • Where possible, proposal addresses issues of openness and transparency, as well as validity, and reliability of data, measurement and analysis.
  • Proposal includes a clear dissemination strategy.
  • Proposal budget demonstrates a realistic consideration of costs.



Who is eligible:

  • Academic Institutions 
  • Research Institutions
  • Private and nonprofit organizations
  • UN agencies
  • Governmental agencies
  • Private companies

Who is NOT eligible:

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

What E-Cubed will 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 E-Cubed will 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
  • Costs related to implementation and management of non-research projects
  • Capacity Building *E-Cubed will not fund long-term operational capacity building but encourages applicants to integrate capacity building opportunities into research process design and partnerships.
  • Undergraduate research


Themes of Inquiry  

  • Adolescents and Youth
  • Certification
  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Gender
  • Higher Education
  • Inclusive Education and Disabilities
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Psychosocial Support (PSS) and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • School Infrastructure and Safe Spaces *This does not include operational costs or school construction
  • 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.

Review Process

In partnership with Dubai Cares, INEE coordinates a rigorous review process of submitted proposals:

  • Each proposal is reviewed to ensure that it follows the 2018 E-Cubed criteria and eligibility requirements. Proposals are then shared with an independent advisory panel of EiE experts representing policy, academia, field and practitioner perspectives.
  • Each proposal is reviewed by at least two panelists in a double blind process. Panelists score proposals based on E-Cubed criteria for funding and provide feedback on aspects of each proposal including research relevance & rationale, research design & methodology, research approach, and research outcomes.
  • Based on the advisory panel's scoring and feedback, proposals are ranked. In cases where there are major score discrepancies of a single proposal, an additional panelist moderates the scores.
  • From this process proposals are shortlisted for funding.
  • INEE shares with Dubai Cares a complete proposal ranking along with the shortlisted proposals.
  • Dubai Cares selects the final projects for funding.  

*Please contact Sonja Anderson (INEE) at or Nadeen Alalami (Dubai Cares) for any questions.