Applications are now open for the Action Research Grants 2020-21 programme. Please submit applications by Friday 26th June in line with guidance below.

Please note: application and submission deadlines have been adjusted to take into account school closures and government guidance realting to COVID-19. Please read guidance carefully.

The EIS has a funding stream designed to support practitioner action research amongst EIS members.

To incentivise research by EIS members, individual grants will be £500, with an agreement for the EIS to have the right to publish, disseminate and archive the research.

The purpose of the grants is to facilitate both learning and action, and in doing so, offer teaching professionals the opportunity for personal and professional development.


What is action research?

Educational establishment-based action research is a simple set of techniques used to help improve teaching and learning. It is usually undertaken by the teacher or educator in their own classroom / setting. Action research involves:

  • Identifying an issue (related to learning in your classroom/setting)
  • Reviewing any relevant literature around the issue
  • Planning a simple research strategy
  • Gathering and analysing data
  • Taking action based on your findings
  • Sharing your findings


Who can apply?

All EIS members are eligible to apply. The initiative is intended to support novel practitioner research that would otherwise be unlikely to be undertaken. Research being undertaken as part of a Masters or PhD study will not be ruled out however.


What can I research?

The aim of the initiative is to support research into aspects of pedagogy and the dynamics of teaching and learning, with a view to findings supporting continuing professional development and enhanced practice. Other potential research dimensions could be to inform EIS policy development, or to support the efficacy of teacher trade unions / professional associations.

In 2020-21, the EIS is inviting applications to support research relating to one or more of the following themes:

  • Teacher voice / agency
  • Empowered schools
  • Assessment
  • Pupil Equity Funding
  • Curriculum architecture - senior phase
  • Closing the attainment gap
  • Professional collaboration
  • Additional support for learning
  • Equality (protected characteristics)
  • Health and wellbeing of teachers/lecturers/pupils
  • Learning for Sustainability
  • Early years education
  • Impact of professional learning
  • Home-school relationships


How and when do I apply?

The application process for session 2020-21 is now open. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 26th June 2020.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Professional Learning Co-Ordinator at 

Download the guidance notes.

Download the application form.