Supporting researchers remains a key priority for the EARLI Executive Committee. Since the E-CIR was launched in 2013, new research funding initiatives have been developed. The newly-developed Emerging Field Group initiative which was launched last year aims to support, much like E-CIR, innovative research in the field of learning and instruction. Keeping the needs of the EARLI community in mind and offering diversity in the EARLI initiatives, the EC has decided to slightly re-focus the E-CIR initiative.
From 2019 onwards, E-CIR, Centre for Innovative Research will change to E-CER, EARLI Centre for Excellence in Research, to emphasise excellence and scientific rigour in the field of learning and instruction. Along with the name change, some application requirements have been updated to increase eligibility for EARLI members.