Grants in pK-12 Education Innovation, 2018


Call for Proposals

The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab invites MIT faculty to submit proposals for J-WEL Grants in pK-12 Education Innovation, with global as well as local impact.



The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) is a recently established initiative with a mission to spark a global renaissance in education for all learners. Leveraging MIT’s resources and faculty expertise, we will convene a global community of collaborators to transform education across the world in a self-sustaining way. J-WEL’s efforts emphasize addressing the needs of learners in the developing world, populations underserved by education such as women and girls, a growing displaced population that includes refugees, and the knowledge and skills needed by youth for tomorrow’s workforce. Through J-WEL, MIT can provide unprecedented access to high-quality curriculum, pedagogical resources, and learning tools that, alongside policy work, will help address the inequities in global education.


Objectives for Grants in pK-12 Education Innovation

The following list includes the priorities that we expect will be included in the projects. Projects should include as many of these as appropriate (i.e., hitting more is better):

  • Impact global learners, as well as have a residential impact. Global impact may refer to a particular geographical location, or with regard to specific learner populations. We use global to reference regions outside of MIT.
  • Identify a real problem in the target population for the project and include information and data as evidence of this problem.
  • Use aspects of MIT education that are uniquely powerful, such as problem-solving and research-based learning.
  • Provide metrics for success and descriptions of how these will be measured, both locally and in diverse global settings. Measurements should be matched to the outcome anticipated and may include data from qualitative and/or quantitative sources.
  • Consider the use of technology to solve problems in learning and teaching. This may include the use of digital solutions to address inequities in education experienced around the globe.
  • Employ learning strategies that will be inclusive of learners across socioeconomic class and geographic location.
  • Promote engagement of girls in STEM-based subjects.
  • Consider ways to accelerate the learning process for students who have little access to education.
  • Include innovative methods for building teacher capacity, including those who teach in non-traditional settings, outside the classroom, and at scale.
  • Propose work that has not been done before and that the faculty member(s) has (have) the intent to continue beyond the duration of the grant.
  • Explore collaboration among two or more faculty members.
  • Look at other proposals funded through the Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants (TLIG) program to determine whether your project is best situated in J-WEL or another program at MIT.



  • Proposal must be submitted and overseen by one or more MIT faculty members.
  • Learning outcomes must be transferable both within MIT and to colleagues in other institutions.
  • Project must prepare documentation material.
  • Must have a dissemination/institutionalization plan.  
  • Lead faculty member will participate in and present at J-WEL events and/or other forums.
  • Faculty must be willing to release content under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
  • The lead faculty member(s) must submit a report that summarizes specific results on student learning and other findings, including results of their defined project metrics within two months of the project end date.
  • A letter of support from the department head must accompany the Proposal.
  • Lead faculty member(s) should participate(s) throughout the project, though development and teaching may also involve students, postdocs, and others.


Proposal Preparation and Submission

To prepare your proposal, please download and complete the following documents prior to submitting online via the “Apply Now” button.


Consultation meetings are available with J-WEL staff to help you prepare your proposal, with particular emphasis on research design. Please contact to request a meeting. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis–we anticipate being fully booked as the submission deadline approaches.  


Award Information

Awards for the J-WEL Grants in pK-12 Education Innovation range from $20,000 to $100,000 and will be for 12 months in duration, ending in Spring 2019. We anticipate awarding between 2-4 grants in Spring 2018. Awardees may reapply in subsequent years.

For additional questions or clarification, please contact


Key Dates

  • January 24, 2018: Call for Proposals released

  • January 25 – February 16, 2018: Optional individual meetings with J-WEL staff 

  • January 31 & February 5, 2018: Optional J-WEL information sessions, NE49 2nd floor, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST.

  • February 23, 2018: Proposals due

  • March 9, 2018: Decisions announced to grantees

  • March 19-22, 2018: March J-WEL Week 

  • Spring 2018: Work on projects begins