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.
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.
Applications have now closed for this year's Open Call Research Grant awards.
23 September 2021 (4pm) : Deadline for receipt of initial expressions of interest
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.
13 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.
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
The standard Froebel Trust Grant Offer - and Terms and Conditions (introduced in December 2019)
Explore our research library
Our online research library features all Froebel Trust funded early childhood research and practice development projects.Research library