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EIS Action Research Grants

The deadline for application for grants for 2017-18 has now passed.

In early 2017 EIS Council approved an Education Committee decision to set up a funding stream that will 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 EIS action research 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

Action research starts with an issue you’d like to improve, or change, and so the research question you choose is very much dependent on the context of your classroom / teaching space / setting.

Research questions therefore will not be restricted. The thrust of the scheme 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.

How and when do I apply for an EIS action research grant?

The deadline for application for 2017-18 has now passed. Dates for the 2018-19 action research grant awards will be announced in early 2018.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Lesley Walker.


To download the guidance notes please click here



To download the application form please click here