Achilleas Kostoulas

Applied Linguistics & Language Teacher Education

Cambridge English Funded Research Programme Round 5 [Call for Proposals]

About this post: This is a post announcing a funding opportunity in 2014. The content is no longer current, and it is retained here for archival purposes. You can find more up-to-date information about calls for papers on language teaching and learning in this page

Cambridge English Language Assessment have announced their intention to fund various research projects to be conducted in 2014. Applications are invited from educational institutions and individual researchers (not including Doctoral and Masters students) who wish to undertake research relating to the examinations and teaching qualifications offered by Cambridge English.

Areas of interest

Research topics of interest include:

  1. Test validation
  2. Contexts of test use
  3. Test impact
  4. Learning-oriented assessment

(for a full list of sub-topics within the research area, you may refer to the full Call for Proposals [link no longer active])

Duration and funding

It is envisaged that the project duration will be for 10 months. Funding will be available up to UK£ 2,000, UK£5,000, and UK£15,000 (including institutional overheads) depending on the scope of the project.

Critical dates

  • Deadine for proposal submission: 1st October 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: 15th October 2013
  • Research aggreement & final research design: November 2013
  • Start of projects: 1st December 2013
  • Interim reports due: 1st May 2014
  • Final reports due: 1st October 2014

Evaluation criteria

The proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Relevance of topic to Cambridge English and contribution to knowledge more widely
  2. Sound theoretical basis and evidence of a rigorous research design
  3. Relevance of researchers’ experience
  4. Potential for practical outcomes
  5. Potential for publication.






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