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ISME-SEMPRE Music Education Research Grants
17 Dec 2020


Key information

Value                                       Up to US$3,000

Duration                                 12 to 15 months

Application deadline             8 February 2021

Results announced                March 2021

Apply                                       Application form is online  and includes a request for a brief CV


The 2021-2022 ISME-SEMPRE Music Education Research Grants will focus on music education practices, and will provide funding for individuals or teams to support music education research projects that speak to the mission, vision and core values of ISME, as articulated in the Constitution and  Strategic Plan. With an emphasis on the biennium theme, A Visible Voice, and the core value of internationalisation, the grants should enable the development of new or extension of existing research projects that either:

  1. Focus on notions of intercultural respect through music education
  2. Provide an audit of music education in various regions with particular attention to underserved communities of the world.

A Visible Voice speaks to recognising and ensuring respect for the concept, context, processes and resources of music education of all types, formats and cultures.

The successful applications would present proposals that focus on unique music education situations, and thus provide principles, approaches and/or samples of learning materials. The projects would, among others, document curricular issues, interrogate matters around teacher education, resources, learning activities and outcomes as well as out of school support and events. A project may, therefore involve, but not be limited to, any or a combination of:

  • Research and/or related activities in music education, including knowledge mobilisation and resource development
  • Research and/or activities that demonstrate music education as an intervention that addresses/responds to psycho-social challenges such as brought about by displacement,  immigration or calamities such as the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Research involving the articulation and/or documentation of music education practices and resources that present opportunities for the understanding of cultural practices, themes and principles in and for music education
  • Design and implementation of approaches for music education that may result in best practices or models that can be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level, towards enhancing cultural understanding
  • Interrogation and documentation of indigenous philosophies, procedures and materials towards giving visibility to diverse music education voices

ISME-SEMPRE Music Education Research Grants may involve local, national or international collaboration.

Value and Duration

ISME-SEMPRE Music Education Research Grants are valued at up to $3,000 over 12 to 15 months.


Applications must be submitted by the applicant (Project Leader). Applicants (and Co-applicants if any) must be members of ISME.

Report Requirement

The ISME-SEMPRE Music Education Research Grant holder (Project Leader) will be required to report on the use of grant funds each year during the period of the grant, and on outcomes at the end of the grant period. Successful applicants will be informed of reporting requirements upon receiving their Notice of Award.

Application Process

Applicants must be current ISME members and complete the online application form. Note: the application includes a brief CV (1-2 pages). 

Evaluation and Adjudication

ISME-SEMPRE Music Education Research Grant applications are adjudicated and available funds are awarded through a competitive process. ISME is committed to ensuring high-quality adjudication of all proposals.

ISME-SEMPRE Music Education Research Grants are adjudicated by members of the ISME Board. The exact number and composition of review committees will be determined by the number and nature of proposals received. Members of the ISME Board involved in the review process, if not in a conflict of interest with the applicant or any team members, are asked to evaluate the proposal based on the evaluation criteria below. 

Committee members read all applications submitted by a given closing date. Members, as a group, then evaluate and rank all the proposals assigned to their committee. 

ISME makes funding decisions based on the recommendations of the adjudication committee and on the funds available. Committee discussions will be guided by the principle of minimum essential funding.

Evaluation Criteria and Scoring

The following criteria and scoring schemes are used by the adjudication committees to evaluate ISME-SEMPRE Music Education Research Grant applications:

Relevance—The aim and importance of the endeavour to furthering ISME’s mission and that build on the core value of internationalisation (50%):

  • Potential to articulate culturally significant music education practices and materials
  • Potential for the project to have influence and impact on music education locally, nationally and/or internationally
  • Potential to foster global intercultural understanding and co-operation in music education

Feasibility—The plan to achieve viable and meaningful outcomes (20%):

  • Probability that the project objectives will be met within the timeline proposed
  • Appropriateness of the requested budget and justification of proposed costs
  • Appropriateness of the strategies for conducting the activity/activities proposed

Capability—The expertise to succeed (30%):

  • Quality, quantity and significance of past experience and published and/or other outputs of the applicant and any co-applicants relative to their roles in the project and their respective stages of career
  • Potential of the project in terms of future funding and sustainability plans beyond the initial development phase

Scoring table

Adjudication committee members assign a score for each of the three criteria based on the scoring table below. The appropriate weighting is then applied to arrive at a final score. Applications must receive a score of 3.0 or higher for each of the three criteria to be recommended for funding. 




Very good – excellent


Good - very good


Satisfactory – good

Below 3


Communication of Results

The applicant (Project Leader) will be informed of the competition results by email within two months of the application deadline. All applicants will receive, in addition to ISME’s notice of decision, a summary of the adjudication committee’s evaluation of their proposal, where applicable. 

Contact Information

For more information about the ISME-SEMPRE Music Education Research Grants funding opportunity, please contact Ian Harvey, ISME CEO.