RFI: Advanced Education Research & Development Programs


The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) are jointly exploring whether transformative education solutions can be developed through an accelerated research and development (R&D) effort. This approach would bring together interdisciplinary teams from education research, human development research, learning measurement, evidence-based technology-enhanced practice, professional development, neuroscience, and other fields. The teams would produce models, practices, tools and other resources that are designed to achieve specific, measurable improvements in student outcomes (both academic and non-academic) across a large range of education contexts. For further background reading on this effort, please consult this detailed overview. 


The Request For Information (RFI) for the Advanced Education Research and Development Programs closed on June 8, 2018. We received 465 responses from 37 states as well as internationally. Twenty percent (20%) of the responses came from organizations that are minority-owned or -led, and more than 70% came from organizations with no prior funding relationship with either the foundation or the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Read more about what we learned from the respondents to the RFI and the incredible work that is being done in the field to dramatically accelerate outcomes for Black, Latino, and low-income students.