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

It’s more important than ever for the government to ensure the UK takes advantage of the potential offered by data.
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Fewer than 20% of 16 to 18 year-olds pass their GCSE maths resits.
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One in 20 teachers in England are reporting a long-lasting mental health problem.
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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

We are calling for applications to our new £15m Strategic Fund for ambitious, interdisciplinary research projects that will address some of the most important challenges facing UK society. 

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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.