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Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

2018 E-Cubed Call for Proposals


Submission period: June - August 3, 2018 midnight EST



Dubai Cares and the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) partnered to officially launch the E-Cubed Research Envelope. In the second call proposals were accepted June - August 3, 2018. 

Proposals were submitted through this online form

For more information please see E-Cubed Frequently Asked Questions. On the E-Cubed FAQ page you will also find Dubai Cares' budget template and guidelines


Second Round of Research Investments 

We are pleased to share the announcement from Dubai Cares on the second round of research investments. The second call for proposals prompted 69 submissions ranging in context, methodology and thematic focus. After a careful selection process, Dubai Cares has chosen the following four research projects worth a total of USD 2.1 millon:

  • Teachers, Schools and Communities: A framework for improving basic education in gang-controlled territories - Central American University. This 16 month research aims to explore the role that social relationships in El Salvador play in creating positive school environments and administering quality education where gang control and political insecurity are everyday concerns. The project aims to provide a framework for school policies and interventions to strengthen local educational quality and the capacity of schools to stimulate social inclusion and participation in adverse contexts.
  • How does participation in a non-formal accelerated education program shape adolescents’ trajectories and outcomes in Northeast Nigeria? - FHI 360 in partnership with University of Maiduguri. In this 2 year project, the research team will conduct experimental research in northeast Nigeria examining how non-formal accelerated education participation may, over time, impact female and male adolescents’ growth trajectories in social-emotional skills, learning outcomes, workforce participation, sexual and reproductive health, educational participation, and sense of agency.
  • Promising policies for the effective management of teachers in refugee contexts: Understanding policy and practice - UNESCO IIEP in partnership with Education Development Trust (EDT). This multi-country 3 year policy study on the management of teachers in refugee contexts aims to identify what effective policies and implementation strategies exist for the management of teachers in refugee contexts and to explore where there are promising spaces for further policy development. Research will focus on refugee contexts in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia, in order to provide governments with evidence-based policy guidance on teacher management in refugee contexts.
  • Understanding Children’s Holistic Development, Program Implementation and Effectiveness in Context: Evidence to Guide Investments in Social Emotional Learning - NYU Global TIES for Children. In this 2 year project, NYU Global TIES aims to generate, collectively interpret, and clearly communicate evidence through secondary analysis of unique, large-scale datasets containing detailed information about the implementation of SEL strategies and children’s academic, cognitive, and social-emotional development in three humanitarian contexts: Lebanon (with Syrian refugee children), Niger (with children affected by Boko Haram), and Sierra Leone. In doing so, NYU Global TIES hopes to inform the design of culturally grounded social and emotional learning (SEL) programs that are more impactful, easily implemented, and targeted than prevailing methods.


Review Process

In partnership with Dubai Cares, INEE coordinated a rigorous review process of the 69 submitted proposals:

  • Each proposal was reviewed to ensure that it followed the 2018 E-Cubed criteria and eligibility requirements. Out of 69 proposals, 62 were then shared with an independent advisory panel of EiE experts representing policy, academia, field and practitioner perspectives.
  • Each proposal was reviewed by at least two panelists in a double blind process. Panelists scored proposals based on E-Cubed criteria for funding and provided feedback on aspects of each proposal including research relevance & rationale, research design & methodology, research approach, and research outcomes.
  • Based on the advisory panel's scoring and feedback, proposals were ranked. In cases where there were major score discrepancies of a single proposal, a third panelist moderated the scores.
  • From this process, 13 proposals were shortlisted for funding.
  • INEE shared with Dubai Cares a complete proposal ranking along with the 13 shortlisted proposals and two additional subsets of proposals: top 5 proposals from non-academic applicants, and top 5 proposals from the Global South.
  • Dubai Cares selected the above four projects for funding.  

*Please contact Sonja Anderson (INEE) at [email protected] or Nadeen Alalami (Dubai Cares) [email protected] for any questions.