for Education

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.

Areas of research interest

DfE’s areas of research interest sets out areas of interest and our approach to publishing research.

DfE data for research

Read our guidance on accessing DfE data extracts from the National Pupil Database (NPD), School Workforce, Individualised Learner Record and Higher Education Statistics Agency.

Research projects

We advertise our research projects on Contracts Finder. You can find our projects by searching for ‘DFERPPU’, which is a code that appears on all the department’s project listings. You can also search for previously awarded tenders and contracts.

Use the style guide and template to write your research publications.

Analytical associate pool

The analytical associate pool is a group of independent academics and researchers that we can commission at short notice to provide services such as:

  • a small-scale data analysis
  • a rapid literature review (an overview of published research)
  • primary research (research of new data)
  • a peer review (an evaluation of new research)
  • quality assurance (a quality check)
  • expert advice
  • training

An associate pool project normally costs under £17,500 and runs for up to 12 weeks.

We are no longer accepting applications. We will re-open the application process for 2 months in summer 2019 and 2020.

If you have any queries, please email: [email protected].


You can find our research reports published since May 2010 in GOV.UK’s publications section.

Research published before May 2010 is available from the UK Government Web Archive.