The philanthropical foundations of two of the world’s foremost leaders in technology are teaming up to tackle a worsening problem—the U.S. education system.

While not a new problem, recent months have highlighted the strain of the education system—bad infrastructure, old educational materials, budgetary inadequacies, children in poverty, and more.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative want to change that, or at least create a bridge that allows students to overcome their challenges and ultimately be given the chance to succeed post high school.

“The truth is we need to dramatically accelerate learning, and to do that, we need to understand it more deeply in order to design teaching environments and support systems that can deliver much better outcomes,” write Jim Shelton and Bob Hughes in a recent article. Shelton is the president for education at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, while Hughes is the director of K-12 education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The organizations will rely on R&D to create “a better, more transparent path for new ideas to reach schools and teachers”—a framework driven partially by the fact that the education sector spends less than a tenth of the average percentage on R&D compared to other U.S. industries.

As of Tuesday, they have a opened a Request for Information (RFI) about work that can help increase student success in three important areas: 1) mathematics; 2) nonfiction writing; and 3) executive function, or the skill set concerning memory, self-control, attention and flexible thinking. The three areas have been identified as crucial for high achievement in not only academics, but overall life as well, especially for those facing early childhood trauma, poverty, dislocation, specific learning challenges, or under-resourced schools.

“The RFI represents an invitation to researchers and practitioners to deepen public understanding of where the most important, ambitious, and innovative work is being done in a variety of disciplines so that those insights can be channeled quickly and effectively back into the classroom. This input from the field will help us understand how to support future research and development programs,” Shelton and Hughes said.

Among the research ideas is using games and technology simulations to support teachers and family, and tracking progress in certain vulnerable student populations, such as kids with disabilities or those who are learning English as a second language, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The deadline for submitting to the RFI is Friday, June 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. PST. After that period has ended, the organizations said they will share what they have learned, along with ideas for how to accelerate progress and breakthroughs. In their letter, Shelton and Hughes also mentioned increasing collaboration, which does not rule out a third or even fourth organization joining the team after the initial phase. Future investments based on the RFI information are expected, although no set dollar amount has been announced at this time.