Got a question about the EdTech Innovation Fund and the types of projects we're looking to support? Read our frequently asked questions to see if we've answered it here, or email us at [email protected] with any additional queries.
The funding period will last from 12 November 2019 to 31 March 2021.
This fund is a grant funding programme funded by Nesta and the Department for Education as part of the Department’s Education Technology Strategy. The £4.6m partnership includes £3.5m funding from the Department for Education, and £1.1m support from Nesta.
The EdTech Innovation Fund will support grantees with up to £100,000 to develop their products and build the evidence base for what works across four challenge areas:
Projects will receive up to £100,000 and will benefit from Nesta’s direct support and advice. They will be able to access non-financial support from Nesta or partners depending on their individual needs. Non-financial support could include advice on measuring impact, marketing or product development.
The fund will target a range of organisations, including social enterprises, charities and private enterprises. You must satisfy our eligibility criteria. Products should be able to be delivered within schools and colleges in England and be working on one of four challenges:
Organisations should be committed to improving teaching and learning through decreasing teacher workload and ultimately improving student outcomes.
Please note that Nesta can only fund projects that advance our charitable objects for public benefit.
We are looking for digital tools that aim to improve teaching and learning through decreasing teacher workload and improving student outcomes. Products should be able to be delivered within schools and colleges in England and be working on one of four challenges:
We are particularly interested in organisations who use evidence in the design and delivery of their intervention and are keen to develop and refine their approach to measuring their impact. See the full selection criteria for applications.
Yes, although we encourage applicants to think about which challenge the funding would be supporting and what the main outcomes of the funding are for. We will be shortlisting applications across all four challenge areas together and do not have a minimum or maximum amount of funding for each area.
Desired outcomes for organisations are:
Desired outcomes from products include:
Insights and recommendations will be collated and published by Nesta to inform the sector.
We are open to fund additional activities within an existing project/projects that receive additional funding, as long as the proposals clearly demonstrate the added value of Nesta funds and explicitly show what the Nesta-funded component of the project is.
No, we don’t require match funding to be eligible for this fund. However, we will be looking at how your product/project will be funded and whether match funding could be beneficial.
While we do aim to stimulate the EdTech market, as an independent charity we also need to understand how you will use any funding we provide to achieve public benefit. In the case of for-profit organisations, we would like to know how you intend to use any profits derived as a result of our funding to support the improvement and evaluation of your product for the public benefit.
Yes, organisations that meet the selection criteria for the Solving Together Fund can also apply for that funding round. Applicants should carefully read the criteria and FAQs for both funds before applying. Applications to each fund will be considered separately.
The Solving Together Fund is specially for work on parental engagement in the field of maths. The grant funding and non-financial support period is 6 months and the fund is open to organisations across the UK. This fund is part of Maths Mission, a broader programme tackling challenges in maths. There are 2 grants available of £20,000 and the grants are open to early-stage interventions as detailed above.
The Edtech Innovation Fund is open to technology products across four challenge areas - formative assessment, essay marking, parental engagement and timetabling. Products can be early or later-stage and can be applicable to any area of the curriculum (where applicable). The grant funding will be for up to £100,000 and the funding and non-financial support period is for up to 18 months. Organisations can be from outside the UK, but products must be applicable to the English education system. This is part of a partnership between Nesta and the Department for Education to support technology in schools.
Please note organisations are able to apply for both funds if they meet both selection/eligibility criterias. There is a separate application process for each fund detailed on the fund page.
We are open to products at all stages of development as long as products are ready to be used in schools or colleges in England. We will be looking for products that are able to be delivered to more than location in England and are looking to scale. Products will also need to be able to demonstrate how they are committed to growing and further understanding their impact. Find out more about our selection criteria.
We will be looking for applicants who have a clear and accurate sense of where their product/organisation is on the Nesta Standards of Evidence and a clear plan and ambition to improve their impact measurement procedures.
Evidence generation is a journey and expectations of evidence should be commensurate with a tool’s development. Therefore, we do not have any fixed requirements for the level or type of evidence that an organisation already has. Some of the kinds of evidence that could be included are: a clear logic model, qualitative feedback, use of existing research, pre/post testing, impact evaluations. We are interested in organisations that are committed to improving their evidence at whatever stage is appropriate for their product.