RFI: Advanced Education Research & Development Programs

This RFI is now closed.

Request for Information for Advanced Education Research & Development Programs
Issued by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative



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

CZI and BMGF are requesting information on the current state-of-the-art and bold evidence- or strong-theory-grounded visions for new, ambitious developments in the program areas listed below. The included links provide in-depth information on each program area.

  1. Improving Writing: Developing the Requisite Habits, Skills, and Strategies
  2. Improving Mathematical Understanding, Application, and Related Mindsets
  3. Measuring and Improving Executive Function

To begin a response to one or more program areas, please visit this link.



  • We welcome all promising ideas for how to use existing and new knowledge and tools to achieve dramatic results against the challenges we describe.
  • We encourage responses from individuals, groups, or collaborations both inside and outside the education community, including but not limited to practitioners, universities, university-affiliated research centers, not-for-profit research institutions, professional development organizations, government-sponsored labs, and public and private companies.
  • We anticipate potential future programs ultimately to be composed of diverse teams of experts and developers across a wide spectrum of disciplines, including those not typically involved in education research.

Deadline: June 8th, 5:00pm PST

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For specific questions, please contact us at EducationRDRFI@gatesfoundation.org.  We will do our best to respond to individual requests. Our FAQs page will be continually updated to address common questions.  


Please click here to watch a recording of our webinar from May 22nd, 2018, where we addressed live questions from potential responders.

Slides from the webinar are available for download here.