Donor: Rapid Research and Learning Fund (RRLF)
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United Kingdom
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Individual, Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 29.01.2021

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: 50.000GBP
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 300.000GBP
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Education
  • Research, Technology & Innovation
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. Asia

      Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan


1) Objective

Drawing on the experience of Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) projects, this fund aims to commission and deliver a demand-driven portfolio of research to enhance the evidence-base on girls’ education in the Global South. The evidence generated through the Rapid Research and Learning Fund (RRLF) aims to inform GEC project grantees, its Fund Manager, FCDO policymakers, as well as researchers.

Health, political, economic and environmental crises and emergencies place immense challenges on education systems. The effects on girls’ learning and well-being can be considerable, often disproportionately affecting the more disadvantaged. This has become even more apparent in the light of COVID-19. This call for proposals invites research that examines issues pertaining to girls’ education in crisis situations including COVID-19. This also includes, but is not limited to, investigations into how interventions have responded to crises to develop resilience (of both the girls and the education systems in which they reside) and promote recovery efforts.

2) Eligibility

The RRLF encourages collaborative research, including through the participation of organisations with different disciplinary backgrounds, so long as they can provide evidence of a solid track record of delivering high-quality research. This includes academic institutions, research-focused think-tanks, NGOs and consulting companies, as well as independent researchers or teams of independent researchers collaborating with these different types of research institutions.

3) Location

Research projects must be relevant to the research and learning objectives of the GEC, with a focus on countries where GEC II projects are being implemented: Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

4) Budget

The RRLF will support research projects under two modalities: Small research projects with a duration of up to 10 months and a budget between £50,000 and £100,000. These can include research projects that analyse secondary GEC data, other relevant data sources, or those undertaking small scale data collection. Medium research projects will provide funding to projects for a duration between 10 and 16 months, and a budget between £100,000 and £300,000. Projects under this category must undertake new quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed methods data collection, and can include secondary data – notably GEC data – in their analysis, in order to answer the proposed research questions.

5) Application

Researchers are required to submit an application in response to this Call for Proposals, following the template provided in Annex I. They must demonstrate eligibility and experience to undertake the research. The application form must respond to the evaluation criteria in Section 9. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday 29 January 2021, at 18:00 UK time. Any applications received after this time will be discounted and will not be eligible for consideration.

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