The National Education Examinations Authority of China and The British Council invite applications for the initial round of their jointly supported research grants: the English Assessment Research Grants Scheme (EARGS).

The EARGs are designed to help develop international language testing expertise on the application of the China’s Standards of English Language Ability (CSE), as well as the relationship between the CSE and either local or international examinations. 

This joint project is aimed mainly at researchers from educational examination institutions, universities and research institutes. Appropriate research proposals from researchers with an interest in the CSE and well-known international language scales and with relevant experience in the theory and practical application of assessment research will be preferred.

Projects will be for a period of two years, and not exceeding three years if extended.

Research Topics

We are expecting research proposals closely related to the CSE. The research proposals can be, but not limited to the following topics.

  • The application of the CSE in English assessment;
  • The application of the CSE in English teaching;
  • The application of the CSE in English learning;
  • The impact of the CSE;
  • Other topics related to the CSE.

National Education Examinations Authority of China and British Council - English Assessment Research Grants Scheme Selection List

No Category Project title Project lead Institution
1 International Cooperation Teachers’ Perceptions and Practices of CSE-based Classroom Assessment  Weiqiang Wang  Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
2 International Cooperation Adapting CSE for Assessment for Learning in College EFL Writing Classroom  Jiuliang Li  Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
3 Key Project Integrating CSE into the Academic Writing Program for EFL Learners  Jihua Dong Shandong University
4 Key Project Adopting CSE to the Cognitive Diagnosis of EFL Learners’ Reading Inferential Ability  Xiaomei Ma Xi’an Jiaotong University 
5 Key Project CSE Application in District-level Reading Assessment and Teaching in Middle School  Ruilian Li Beijing Haidian Teachers Training College
6 Key Project Applications of CSE in Learning Arrangement and Motivation in an AI-driven Learning Environment  Jing Wang Shanghai Key Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence in Learning and Cognitive Science, LAIX Inc.
7 Key Project Validating Reading Scale in CSE through Annotated Materials  Linlin Cao Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
8 Key Project CSE3 in Rural Northwest China: Diagnosis and Dynamic Intervention  Yaru Meng Xi’an Jiaotong University 
9 Key Project An Empirical Study into the Validity of a CSE-based Placement Test in China’s Transnational Higher Education  Xingang Liu University of Electronic Sciences and Technology of China 
10 Key Project The Validation of Self-assessment Scale for Pragmatic Ability and Its Application for Assessment  Xiaoxuan Lv Beihang University
11 Key Project Aligning Hubei’s High School Academic Achievement English Test to China’s Standards of English Language Ability (CSE)  Meng Sun Hubei Education Examination Authority
12 Key Project Investigating Critical Discourse Features across Different Proficiency Levels of CSE  Lei Jiang Northeastern University 
13 General Project CSE’s Implications for English Teachers’ Professional Development  Ping Wang Xinjiang University of Finance & Economics 
14 General Project CSE Speaking Standards’ Impact on Second Language Teachers’ Speaking Assessment Literacy in China  Xuan Wang Northwestern Polytechnical University
15 General Project Using the CSE Self-assessment Scales in Tertiary English Language Classrooms for Cultivating Self-regulated Learners  Wenjing Yao Zhengzhou Institute of Finance and Economics
16 General Project Issues of Assessing Senior High Schools’ English Programs Based on China‘s Standard of English Language Ability from the Perspective of Curriculum Ideology  Kangzhou Peng Chongqing Normal University
17 General Project  Formative Assessment in Senior High School English Writing Classes Based on China's Standards of English Language Ability  Juan Zhao Beijing Daxing Teachers Training College
18 General Project  The Application of the CSE in Teaching Literary Texts in Primary and Secondary Schools  Shuzhe Tang China University of Mining and Technology
19 General Project The Application of the CSE Level 4 in Senior English Classroom Teaching  Fuhai Luo Anshan No. 8 Middle School
20 General Project An Empirical Study into the Use of CSE Level Descriptors in Raising Students’ Awareness of Speaking Skills in China’s Transnational Higher Education  Linyi Qi University of Electronic Sciences and Technology of China
21 General Project The Application of CSE in Junior High School Writing Portfolio Assessment  Bin Zheng Luxun foreign language school
22 General Project Applying CSE in Cognitive Diagnostic Assessment of EFL Learners’ Listening Sub-skills  Min Lei Yangtze University College of Arts and Sciences
23 General Project  Applying the CSE for Developing Online Portfolios for Interpreting Learners  Yi Xu Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
24 General Project The Application of the CSE in Materials Development of College English  Fan Jia Southwest Jiaotong University
25 General Project  Applying CSE-Interpreting Competence Scales in Interpreting Education: Perception and Practices among Interpreter Trainers in China  Weiwei Wang Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
26 General Project Applying CSE in Classroom-based Assessment in EFL Writing Courses  Wenxia Zhang Tsinghua University  
27 General Project Identifying the Content-related Criterial Features of Different CSE Levels in Listening-to-retell Tasks  Hua Wang Shanxi University 

Who can apply?

Researchers in the field of language teaching and assessment are welcome to apply for the grant.

Financial support

The financial support for individual projects will, in principle, be three levels: international cooperation projects are ¥150,000, key projects are ¥40,000 and general projects are ¥20,000 respectively. The final number of projects will be determined based on the review results, and the principle of quality before quantity. 


Dec 2019 Call for applications
15 March 2020  Application deadline
May 2020  Notify funded researchers

Special Notice

If additional information about the assessment research grants scheme is required, please contact prior to application or contact us at (86)10-85919142,(86)10-82520221,(86)10-82520218

Affected by novel coronavirus pneumonia, it may not be convenient for some applicants to go back to schools or research institutions at the moment. If you were unable to provide the financial department official seal & signature of the head of financial department in section VII, and the institutional seal in section VIII of the application form, you are not required to provide them right now. When your proposal passes the initial selection, we will contact you and ask for the complete application form with the institutional and financial department seals. The deadline for proposals is postponed till 15 March.