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Get funding to bring your assessment design ideas to life

We’re dedicated to promoting and advancing learning – it’s our core purpose.

This purpose drives our commitment to deliver world-class educational services that enable learners to achieve their potential. We also believe that great innovation needs great collaborators. That’s why we launched our Assessment Innovation Fund in 2021. 

Pilot projects from successful applications are now in progress, with exciting findings that are helping to shape smarter learning. We’re continuing to invest in piloting new and innovative approaches to assessment. This includes testing out brand-new ideas and exploring the use of technology. 

We want to support you in developing your ideas for better assessment that meet the needs of learners and educators today. 

Window 6 is coming February 2024 in partnership with Ufi VocTech Trust.

We're funding two impact study projects up to £150,000 

Window 5 closed on 23 May 2023 at 9am. For information about future funding windows, subscribe to email updates from the team.

What we’re looking for 

We want to hear from you if you think you can help to transform the future of assessment. 

During the application process, you will need to be able to demonstrate:  

  • The issue that the innovation is trying to solve.  
  • The potential impact on learners. 
  • That the innovation is linked to at least one of the guiding principles for Assessment Innovation. 
  • The sustainability and scalability of the proposed solution. 
  • Feasibility and robustness of the methodology. 
Who can apply for funding? 

We’d love to hear from: 

  • Training providers   
  • Qualification developers  
  • Awarding organisations  
  • Quality assurers   
  • Ed tech organisations  
  • Colleges 
  • Other organisations interested in changing the future of assessment. 
Extra support 

We’ve teamed up with WhatWorked Education to support our own understanding of good evidence-based decision making. If you need support with your proposed research methodology, visit the website for more information.  

Stay up to date

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Who we’re working with…

Read about the successful applicants that are currently running pilot projects and testing ideas to change the future of assessment.

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More information 

Speak to a member of our team by emailing us at [email protected]

For answers to common questions about the Assessment Innovation Fund, please read our FAQs document.