Areas of interest for 2014
Test development and validation issues
Issues relating to contexts of test use
Issues of test impact
Who can apply?
Proposals are welcomed from researchers and institutions with expertise in language learning and assessment research. In addition, as part of the IELTS policy of stimulating test-related research among its stakeholders, it is hoped that proposals will come from researchers and organisations who have a direct and ongoing connection with IELTS e.g. consultants, examiners and IELTS Administration Centres.
Is access to IELTS test materials or score data possible?
Research Ethics and Confidentiality
What is the level and duration of funding available?
Please note: applications for extensive travel or large items of equipment are not encouraged.
What is the procedure for submitting proposals?
Who will evaluate the proposals?
What criteria will be used to evaluate proposals?
- Relevance and benefit of outcomes to IELTS
- Clarity and coherence of proposal’s rationale, objectives and methodology
- Feasibility of outcomes, timelines and budget (including ability to keep to deadlines)
- Qualifications and experience of proposed project staff
- Potential of the project to be reported in a form which would be both useful to IELTS and of interest to an international audience.
What is the timescale for the submission and evaluation of proposals?
The following time scale will apply:
- 30 June 2014 Deadline for submission of proposals
- July/August 2014 Preliminary review of proposals by IELTS partners
- October 2014 Meeting of Joint Research Committee to evaluate and select successful proposals
- November 2014 Applicants notified of the Committee's decision
Where and how to send application forms and proposals?