We fund high quality research which builds upon and contributes to knowledge and understanding of Froebelian philosophy, principles and approaches, early childhood education and care.

In 2019 - 2020 the Froebel Trust received 41 applications for Open Call Research Grants from researchers in 19 different countries

The Froebel Trust Open Call Research Grant scheme is designed to provide seed corn grants for individual researchers or collaborative research partnerships and networks to develop innovative studies that will ultimately lead to larger projects.

In general, this year's Open Call Research Grant awards will be in the region of £3,000 to £5,000. Applicants may apply for more than £5,000 but should note that our Trustees are unlikely to make an award over £5,000 unless they deem the project to be particularly strong with good value for money.

The scheme is open to researchers working in institutions anywhere in the world who share our goal of advancing knowledge and debate about Froebelian principles and their application in the teaching, learning and development of children from birth to 8 years. Those interested in applying for a grant may find this reading list of key texts about a Froebelian approach to early childhood useful.

Partnership projects are welcome.

We actively encourage and will prioritise awards for new applicants who have strong applications and have not previously received Open Call funding from the Froebel Trust.

About us

The Froebel Trust is a grant making charity. Our aim is to ensure that the Froebelian framework of principled education and care is recognised, understood, valued and practised across the early childhood sector for the benefit of young children in the UK and internationally.

We publish our annual accounts detailing our charity's structure, activities, income and spending and these can be found on the Charity Commission for England and Wales website. The Froebel Trust is a registered Charity No: 1145128. Registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England and Wales No: 07862112.

Our current strategy is designed to promote and advance Froebelian approaches to education and learning by:

  • enabling early childhood educators to access high quality courses and resources for education, training, research and professional development underpinned by Froebelian principles
  • supporting practice development and research that is underpinned by Froebelian principles for early childhood education and care
  • collaborating with educators to help more families know, understand and apply Froebelian approaches that support and extend their babies’ and young children’s growth and learning
  • researching and evaluating so that we can share evidence about the characteristics of high quality Froebelian education, the benefits for babies, young children, their educators and carers and the impact of our programmes.

Key dates

23 September 2021 (4pm) : Deadline for receipt of initial expression of interest forms

Early November 2021: Applicants will be told if they have been shortlisted or not. Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

12 January 2022 : Deadline for receipt of final proposals from shortlisted applicants.

Early February 2022: Successful grant applicants will be notified.

It is expected that research projects will last between 12 and 18 months and the work must start before 31 March 2022.

How do I apply?

Full details of the application process, eligibility criteria, key dates and the grant selection process are all available in the Guidance for Applicants.

Please also take a look at frequently asked questions about the Open Call Research Grant scheme before you submit an online expression of interest form.

Questions about the Open Call Research Grants scheme and / or the application process should be sent to our Programme Officer, Valeria Scacchi by 20 September 2021 e: office@froebeltrust.org.uk

Regrettably, we cannot provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Submit your expression of interest

Deadline for receipt of forms is 23 September 2021 4pm

Apply now

Examples of previous Froebel Trust funded research

*Please note that this year's Open Call Research Grants are seed corn grants with maximum budgets of around £5000.

The play-café project: What would Froebelian play cafés look like?

Froebelian Principles in the 21st Century: Play environments and play opportunities for young children experiencing stress

Slow knowledge and the unhurried child: time for slow pedagogies in early childhood education

Froebelian Endeavours, New Education and the ‘Researched’ Child from the 1900s to the 1960s

Key information/ downloads for applicants

Guidance for applicants

Frequently asked questions about the Open Call Research Grant scheme

Froebel Trust Statement on Expectations of Ethical Practice in Research

The standard Froebel Trust Grant Offer - and Terms and Conditions (introduced in December 2019)

The referencing style to be used by grant holders in their reports

About making changes to your grant

Explore our research library

Our online research library features all Froebel Trust funded early childhood research and practice development projects.

Research library
Find out more about our recent work and the latest Froebel Trust funded projects

Froebel Trust Annual Review