We are an independent Foundation with a mission to advance educational opportunity and social well-being.

Different parts of the country face different challenges.
Young adults are especially unlikely to understand the current lockdown rules.
In 2019, the Foundation made great strides towards fulfilling the objectives of our five-year strategy.
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Young-boy-uses-tablet-with-mother-for-maths-learning-Can-maths-apps-add-value-to-learning-PROJ
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Education | 2020 – 2022

Can maths apps add value to learning?

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Older-man-reads-textbook-Assembling-data-jigsaw-Greater-Manchester-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2024

Assembling the data jigsaw: powering robust population research in MSK disease

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Medical-professional-massages-patient-knee-Understanding-joint-replacement-surgery-decision-making-for-older-patients-PROJ
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Welfare | 2020 – 2023

Supporting older patients to make informed decisions about knee surgery

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Woman-medical-professional-treats-patient-impact-MSK-conditions-outcomes-other-illnesses-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

The impact of musculoskeletal conditions on outcomes of other illnesses

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Male-teacher-teaches-teenagers-in-secondary-school-lesson-Autonomous-schools-and-the-teacher-labour-market-Evidence-from-academies-PROJ
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Education | 2020

Autonomous schools and the teacher labour market: Evidence from academies

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New

Education | 2020 – 2021

Ethical principles underpinning co-production with young people

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Female-nurse-sees-patient-in-office-Integrating-enriched-longitudinal-data-North-Staffordshire-Stoke-on-Trent-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2025

Enriched data integration for population musculoskeletal health intelligence

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Older-man-and-woman-walk-together-Geographical-mapping-prevalence-outcomes-MSK-conditions-Wales-Scotland-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Mapping rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease in Scotland and Wales

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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Older people in England: the geography of challenges and opportunities

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Senior-woman-enjoys-video-call-on-smartphone-Social-cohesion-in-context-of-COVID-19-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2021

Social cohesion in the context of COVID-19

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New

Education | 2020 – 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on mainstream schools in England

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Toddler-gleefully-eats-baked-beans-How-COVID-19-is-affecting-food-security-proj
New

Welfare | 2020 – 2021

How the COVID-19 crisis is affecting food security

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New

Education | 2020 – 2021

Ethical principles underpinning co-production with young people

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Male-teacher-teaches-teenagers-in-secondary-school-lesson-Autonomous-schools-and-the-teacher-labour-market-Evidence-from-academies-PROJ
New

Education | 2020

Autonomous schools and the teacher labour market: Evidence from academies

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Young-boy-uses-tablet-with-mother-for-maths-learning-Can-maths-apps-add-value-to-learning-PROJ
New

Education | 2020 – 2022

Can maths apps add value to learning?

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Serious-teenage-girl-gestures-as-sits-on-couch-in-school-counselor-office-Mental-health-service-provision-for-children-state-care-England-PROJ
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Justice | 2020 – 2021

Mental health service provision for children in state care in England

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Justice | 2020 – 2022

Youth custody: Educational influences and labour market consequences

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Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Vulnerability, migration and well-being: experiences, perceptions and barriers

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Toddler-gleefully-eats-baked-beans-How-COVID-19-is-affecting-food-security-proj
New

Welfare | 2020 – 2021

How the COVID-19 crisis is affecting food security

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New

Education | 2020 – 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on mainstream schools in England

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In progress

Education | 2020 – 2021

The ‘common elements’ approach: improving outcomes in early childhood education

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In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Older people in England: the geography of challenges and opportunities

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Senior-woman-enjoys-video-call-on-smartphone-Social-cohesion-in-context-of-COVID-19-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2021

Social cohesion in the context of COVID-19

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Teenage-girl-looks-at-smartphone-next-to-laptop-Growing-up-under-COVID-19-PROJ
In progress

Education | Welfare | 2020 – 2021

Growing up under COVID-19

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Older-man-reads-textbook-Assembling-data-jigsaw-Greater-Manchester-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2024

Assembling the data jigsaw: powering robust population research in MSK disease

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Medical-professional-massages-patient-knee-Understanding-joint-replacement-surgery-decision-making-for-older-patients-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2023

Supporting older patients to make informed decisions about knee surgery

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Woman-medical-professional-treats-patient-impact-MSK-conditions-outcomes-other-illnesses-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

The impact of musculoskeletal conditions on outcomes of other illnesses

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Female-nurse-sees-patient-in-office-Integrating-enriched-longitudinal-data-North-Staffordshire-Stoke-on-Trent-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2025

Enriched data integration for population musculoskeletal health intelligence

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Older-man-and-woman-walk-together-Geographical-mapping-prevalence-outcomes-MSK-conditions-Wales-Scotland-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Mapping rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease in Scotland and Wales

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In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Older people in England: the geography of challenges and opportunities

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New

Education | 2020 – 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on mainstream schools in England

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In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2022

Vulnerability, migration and well-being: experiences, perceptions and barriers

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Toddler-gleefully-eats-baked-beans-How-COVID-19-is-affecting-food-security-proj
New

Welfare | 2020 – 2021

How the COVID-19 crisis is affecting food security

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Senior-woman-enjoys-video-call-on-smartphone-Social-cohesion-in-context-of-COVID-19-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2021

Social cohesion in the context of COVID-19

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In progress

Education | 2020 – 2021

Post-16 educational trajectories and social inequalities in political engagement

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Woman-looks-at-smartphone-screen-How-the-UK-public-gets-information-about-COVID-19-PROJ
In progress

Welfare | 2020 – 2020

How the UK public gets information about COVID-19

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Welfare | 2019 – 2020

Valuing data: foundations for data policy

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Welfare | 2019 – 2020

Revaluation and reform: bringing council tax into the 21st century

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Education | 2019 – 2020

A new mathematics GCSE curriculum for post-16 resit students

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Welfare | 2018 – 2019

Atlas of inequality: understanding the local nature of a global phenomenon

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Welfare | 2018 – 2020

The intergenerational transmission of family wealth

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Education | 2018 – 2018

GCSE and A-level results day project

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Education | 2018 – 2020

Teaching reading: an integrated programme for deaf & hearing children

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Welfare | 2018 – 2018

Interdisciplinary conference on evidence use in policy

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Welfare | 2018 – 2019

Overview of the major ethical issues arising from data, algorithms and AI

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Justice | Welfare | 2018 – 2019

Pathways of incarcerated children in care

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Education | 2018 – 2019

Developing a sustainable intervention for disadvantaged children

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Welfare | 2018 – 2018

Improving survey representation of non-resident parents

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Our impact on people and society
The research we fund has an impact on people’s lives, for example by improving language and literacy, reducing conflict in family separation, and providing independent scrutiny of public spending.

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Shaping social policy for the 2020s

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We offer our grant holders the freedom to frame questions and enable new thinking.

Our research must stand up to rigorous academic scrutiny, but we understand that to be successful in effecting change, it also needs to be relevant to people’s experience.

We aim to improve people’s lives by funding research that informs social policy, primarily in Education, Welfare and Justice. We also fund student programmes that give young people skills and confidence in science and research.

We are an open, collaborative and engaged funder that offers more than money. Through connecting the individual projects we fund, we strengthen their collective impact and give voice to an overarching narrative.

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COVID-19 response

Nuffield-funded social scientists are conducting COVID-19 research in real-time, to capture people’s experiences of the social, cultural and economic impacts of the pandemic.