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2023 LEAP Challenge

How can education solutions become more evidence-based?

Submissions are Closed


Is your education organization eager to strengthen the evidence-base of its learning solution? Apply for support from expert researchers and social entrepreneurs who will advise you and build your approach to strengthening your evidence-base.

LEAP seeks to advance evidence-based learning solutions that help children thrive. For the 2023 LEAP Challenge, we welcome applications from education organizations (Project Hosts) with learning solutions that improve outcomes for children ages 2-12 that are focused on demonstrating the effectiveness of its solution and accelerating its impact through a stronger connection to evidence.

Eligible applicants are organizations with solutions in the prototype, pilot, or growth stage from anywhere in the world. Though not an eligibility requirement, we have a special interest in applications with innovations that embrace learning variability in typically developing children aged 2-12.

Organizations selected as Project Hosts will attend a three-day virtual LEAPathon event where they will meet with LEAP research and social entrepreneur Fellows, engage in project refinement sessions, and match with up to four LEAP 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. 

Benefits of hosting a LEAP project include: 

  • 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 (study designs, strategies, frameworks, 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.

If you're interested in being a Project Host and would like to learn more, please view the Eligibility & FAQ tab.


  • Challenge Opens!
  • Deadline to Submit
  • Finalists Notified
  • Winners Selected
  • Virtual LEAPathon
  • Virtual LEAPathon
  • Virtual LEAPathon
  • September 18 - December 8, 2023: First wave of 12-week LEAP Projects
  • Wave 1 Culmination Event
  • January 29 - April 19, 2024: Second wave of 12-week LEAP Projects
  • Wave 2 Culmination Event
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