Education ranks one of the top causes for philanthropists, yet one of the slowest to transform. Inspired efforts to build new schools based on reimagined learning systems aren't yet scalable, only reaching a small number of students at a time. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) have teamed up on an explorative mission to collect research-driven ideas that will radically impact educational outcomes.
Idea submissions should focus on how children develop math and writing skills, as well as "executive function" - like developing memory and self-control. But this will not be an opportunity for funding. Strictly a fact-finding cause, this call for information is intended to confirm whether or not better R&D can accelerate education reform and inform future funding initiatives.
The Gates Foundation and CZI have committed billions to education, but progress has been slow-coming. Currently, less than 1 percent of government education funding goes to R&D. These data-driven entrepreneurs are hoping to apply their business approach to education, by calling on evidence-based solutions that promise impact and scale. Submissions are due by June 8th. LEARN MORE