Research at DfE

Find DfE research publications and invitations to tender for new research projects.


Our social research aims to provide high-quality evidence to inform policy development and delivery.

Building evidence into our services is crucial to improving the education and children’s services we provide. We have published a collection of papers that set out research priorities and questions across education and children’s services for the research community, sector and department. We hope these papers will encourage researchers, sector organisations and practitioners to discuss research needs and contribute to the development of our policy and practice.

More information on how we are building evidence into education and children’s services is available from our ‘research priorities for education and children’s services’ collection.


You can find our published research reports from the last 5 years in GOV.UK’s publications section.

Archived publications

Our archived research is available from the National Archives.

Current research

You can find a list of our current research contracts on Contracts Finder.

Invitations to tender for new projects

You must submit an expression of interest (EOI) for us to consider you for an invitation to tender. Please use the expression of interest form (ODT, 29.7KB) .

To express an interest you must first register with us and will need your ID number.

To register, please complete the supplier registration form.

We let all contracts on the basis of our terms and conditions. We encourage you to read the EOI guide before submitting your EOI. There is also a style guide and template for contractors writing research publications.

Submission of an EOI does not guarantee an invitation to tender, and we do not routinely advise organisations that they have not been successful. However, we will provide feedback if you request it.

Supplier contact details

We are currently updating our records. Suppliers should provide their main contact details by 30 March 2015 to ensure they continue to receive our email alerts for research EOIs.

Please send the following information to

  • reference number
  • supplier name
  • named contact
  • email address
  • type of organisation

Calls for expressions of interest

Project 2014022: post-16 institutions omnibus

We invite expressions of interest for project 2014022: post-16 institutions omnibus (PDF, 240KB, 3 pages) . The deadline for EOIs is 5pm on 16 March 2015. (We originally posted this EOI on 23 February 2015 and extended the deadline on 4 March 2015.)

Project 2014036: what are the costs of running schools?

We invite expressions of interest for project 2014036: what are the costs of running schools? (PDF, 231KB, 4 pages) . The deadline for EOIs is midday on 18 March 2015.

EOI ID number and general enquiries

If you have a query about your EOI ID number, please email us at:

For all other enquiries about our research, please contact us.

Research centres

From 2010 to 2014 we worked with a number of independent organisations who provided us with national and international evidence. The following research centres were under contract with us and are now finishing the work we commissioned: