Inclusive Education Initiative Innovations Call

The IEI is inviting expressions of interest (EOI) in submitting proposals for innovative interventions with the potential to transform educational practices and support for children with disabilities.

This is a global call and focuses on three thematic areas.

  1. ​Inclusive learning assessment practices and utilizing principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Proposals that look for innovative ways to enhance understanding of inclusive learning assessments for children with disabilities with or without the support of educational technology;

  2. Inclusive teaching practices: Proposals that aim to build a better understanding and improvements in strategies, interventions, and tools that would contribute to inclusive teaching practices to respond to needs of children with disabilities; and

  3. Social determinants of disability-inclusive education: Proposals that focus on demand side interventions to accelerate family preparedness and capacity to support the successful educational participation and learning of their children with disabilities.

Please click on each thematic area to learn more about each request.

Submissions can be global, regional or country focused. The IEI focuses on low and middle income countries.



Successful applicants will analyze the role and impact of the selected innovations in supporting disability-inclusive education. This may include:

  • Piloting/analyzing new approaches to tackle entrenched barriers.
  • Analyzing impact or creative applications of existing tools, products, resources.
  • Testing or evaluating approaches to scale or replicate previously piloted innovations that led to successful outcomes in small-scale programs.
  • Testing innovations in service delivery to boost access, affordability, use, impact
  • Interventions or strategies to change attitudes, behaviors, stigma, and community inclusion.
  • Activities can include evaluations and analytical studies, technical assistance, capacity building, and training activities.

Research and development (R&D) of specific technology products, procurement and supply of goods and equipment (e.g., distribution of assistive devices), and construction are not eligible expenses under this call .



The IEI seeks expressions of interest from non-profit organizations (registered as such in country of operation) including organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) and academic institutions, and consulting firms.



Submit your interest and EOI through the World Bank’s EConsultant2 portal. Click on each thematic area to find the application link and details! Follow guidelines in the concept note.

Submit EOIs by 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time, April 19, 2021. The portal does not accept late submissions.



The IEI will review EOIs and shortlist them for the next round of selection.

Shortlisted applicants will be formally invited to submit a full proposal.

Only shortlisted applicants will receive notification.



Submission of EOIs: April 19, 2021, by 11:59PM US Eastern time

Request for Full Proposals to shortlisted firms: April 30, 2021

Full proposals due by: May 31, 2021, by 11:59PM US Eastern time

Awards announced and contracts issued: June, 2021

Expected Contract Duration: June 2021 – September 2022



If you have any questions please submit them via the World Bank’s EConsultant2 portal.

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