Call for Applications: 2023 LEAP Challenge ($5,000 )

Call for Applications: 2023 LEAP Challenge ($5,000 )
Call for Applications: 2023 LEAP Challenge ($5,000 )

What is LEAP?

MIT Solve and the Jacobs Foundation have a shared goal of supporting and accelerating education solutions that positively impact learners. In 2022  LEAP (Leveraging Evidence for Action to Promote change) was launched to provide education organizations with expertise to strengthen the evidence base of their learning solutions.

LEAP pairs education organizations (Project Hosts) with a team of researchers and social entrepreneurs (LEAP Fellows) who lend their best-in-class expertise to the organization for a 12-week sprint (a “LEAP Project”). Fellows provide tailor-made research recommendations that inform the organization’s approach to strengthen the evidence base of their solution (a product or program.)

What happens if your organization is selected? 

Organizations selected as Project Hosts will attend a three-day virtual LEAPathon event where they will meet with LEAP Fellows, engage in project refinement sessions, and match with up to four Fellows. The 12-week project sprints will kick off in two waves: five projects will begin in September 2023 and five projects will begin in January 2024.

What are the benefits of hosting a LEAP Project?

  • Access to a global pool of research and social entrepreneur Fellows who apply their knowledge and skills to support your education solution’s evidence journey;
  • A final report that details tailor-made research recommendations (guidance, strategies, resources, and/or tools) that inform your approach to strengthen the evidence base of your education solution;
  • Professionally-managed project facilitation provided by MIT Solve, allowing you to focus solely on the most critical elements of the 12-week project;
  • Valuable networking opportunities across the global cohort of LEAP Fellows and Project Hosts;
  • A $5,000 stipend to compensate for time spent hosting the LEAP Project.

Who can apply to host a LEAP Project? 

Project Hosts are education organizations (for-profit, non-profit, or hybrid models) with learning solutions that:

  • Serve children ages 2-12
  • Are from anywhere in the world*
    • *With the exception of United States embargoed countries: US law prevents MIT Solve from accepting applications from people who are ordinarily resident in Iran, Cuba, Syria, North Korea, or Crimea, and to parties blocked by the US Treasury Department.
  • Are eager to demonstrate the effectiveness of its education solution and accelerate the solution’s impact through a stronger connection to evidence.
  • Though not an eligibility requirement, we have a special interest in applications from education organizations with solutions that embrace learning variability in typically developing children aged 2-12.

To be eligible for LEAP, Project Hosts must apply with an education solution (product or program) in one of the following stages of development:

  • Prototype: An organization building and testing its product or program, but which is not yet serving anyone.
  • Pilot: An organization testing a product or program with a small number of users.
  • Growth: An organization with an established product or program that is rolled out in one or more communities

Get more details and apply HERE

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