The BCF Curriculum Investigation Grant is intended to support research led by schools and colleges with a focus on curriculum inquiry and investigation. The grant, awarded biennially, is worth up to £5,000.
The BCF Curriculum Investigation Grant is intended to support research led by schools and colleges’ with a focus on curriculum inquiry and investigation. Normally, the grant is worth up to £5,000 for the winner, with £3,500 for two other grants, for a total of £12,000. This prize, awarded annually, acknowledges the importance of research led by schools and colleges
The BCF Curriculum Investigation Grant is for applicants who are based within schools and colleges.
While it is possible that the applications will include collaborative partnerships with HE institutions we are keen to support schools and colleges led research and therefore ask the primary applicant to be based in a school or college.
Applications are scored out of 5 in each category and weighed against:
Potential for impact on school/college curriculum
Applicability of research to others in similar educational setting/sector
Research quality, including rigour, transparency and validity, and conforms with BERA ethical guidelines
(Potential) impact for policy-makers, practitioners and other research users
Applications must also include a detailed budget of how the funds will be spent.
Rigour can be defined as the accuracy and quality of research particularly in relation to the data collection tools, analysis and interpretation of findings. This might include ensuring that data collection tools are appropriate and consistent given the aim and research question/s, that data analysis methods have been used consistently and that conclusions drawn from data are reasonable.
Transparency relates to the need for clear, complete and explicit presentation of the research design, participants, data collected, findings, and of the researcher’s beliefs and role in relation to participants. Transparency enables readers to gain a clear view of the research process and how the findings were reached.
Validity assesses the extent to which the research design and study addresses the issue that the research was intended to explore. In other words, to what extent does the research design measure what it set out to, or reflect the particular phenomena it claims to represent?
Expected outcomes of the project and of the project team are:
An external public-facing final report detailing key findings from the research project and how these findings might be taken forward (maximum 5,000 words). (A template for this report can be found at the bottom of this page)
A short post project evaluation detailing proceedings from the project (i.e. events, studies, meetings). The template for these reports can be found at the bottom of this page.
A possible article for BERA’s magazine Research Intelligence
BERA and BCF support and opportunities:
Complimentary BERA membership will be provided for up to 3 members of the project team working in the school or college. (Colleagues in HE institutions are not eligible for free BERA memberships)
A member of BCF steering committee will act as a point of contact and support for the project. There is an expectation that the grant recipient will have regular meetings and updates with the assigned BCF mentor. Dates for these meetings will be outlined in an initial kick-off meeting.
BERA will copy-edit, design, publish and market the public facing final report.
BERA will lend events assistance for any key events led by the project team. The level of support may vary depending on discussions with the BERA events manager
Before submitting an application, please ensure that applicants are able to meet the requirements on the following eligibility checklist:
You must be currently employed/based at a school or college
You can demonstrate that the research relates directly to curriculum investigation/inquiry
You confirm you have read and will abide by the BERA ethical guidelines
Applicants have sought the approval of their head teacher/principal.
Application for the award should consist of
A submitted application on the BERA website
A 1200 word proposal detailing how the grant will enable applicants to do the following:
Identify an issue impacting on the theme
Design, implement and evaluate a response to the issue identified;
Disseminate the processes and outcomes of the inquiry/investigation within the school/college;
Develop a strategy to sustain curriculum investigation/inquiry within the school/college;
Contribute to research and scholarship in the study of the curriculum;
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