Funding for Schools Science Projects (UK)

The Royal Society has announced that its Partnership grant scheme has re-opened for applications.

Through the scheme grants of up to £3,000 are available for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) projects run at a primary or secondary school or college in partnership with a professional scientist or engineer.

The aim of the fund is to make the teaching of science more interesting within primary and secondary schools.

The Partnership Grant scheme forms partnerships to allow teachers to increase their scientific knowledge and to give scientists and engineers the chance to develop their communication skills and engage with enquiring young minds. Any UK primary or secondary school teacher or practicing scientist/engineer can apply as long as the students involved in the project are between 5 and 18.

A partnership needs to be established before starting the application and the initial application must be started by the school partner as the primary applicant. The second partner should be an individual currently working in a STEM related profession, such as a researcher or analyst.

Specific enquiries can be made by emailing the Education Outreach team directly or by calling 020 7451 2531.

Additionally, in 2020 there is a new extension to the scheme called Tomorrow’s climate scientists. This extension will fund schools to research specifically into climate change and biodiversity issues. The application process for Tomorrow’s climate scientists is the same as for the main scheme. For further information about this extension, please contact the Schools Engagement team via

Due to COVID-19 the deadline for Stage 1 has been extended until the end of May and Stage 2 will remain open until the end of June 2021.

Projects previously funded

  • What’s the Weather Like? – a Partnership Grants project between Mead Community Primary School and Black and Veatch that has enabled pupils to begin predicting their local weather.
  • Shooting stars on camera: Colour composition and contrasts: A project between William Perkin C of E High School and the Open University. Students have been determining the origin and elemental structure of meteors under the guidance of academic professional, Professor Monica Grady.

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Eligibility and judging criteria

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