The Royal Society, a prestigious scientific academy based in the United Kingdom, is accepting applications through its Partnership Grant scheme. The scheme aims to enhance science teaching in primary and secondary schools by offering grants of up to £3,000 for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) projects. These projects must be run at a primary or secondary school or college, in collaboration with a professional scientist or engineer. Eligible applicants include any UK primary or secondary school teacher, or a practicing scientist/engineer, provided that the students participating in the project are aged between 5 and 18.
Applicants are required to establish a partnership before initiating the application. The application should be started by the school partner, serving as the primary applicant, while the secondary partner should be a STEM professional currently working in a related field, such as a researcher or analyst.
The scheme has introduced a sub-programme, "Tomorrow's Climate Scientists," which specifically funds schools to conduct research on climate change and biodiversity issues. The application process for this extension mirrors that of the main scheme. For additional details regarding this extension, please email the Schools Engagement team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Partnership Grants scheme is an annual funding round. There is a two-stage application process. The application process opens in February each year and there are three possible submission deadlines across the year. The next deadline for both stage 1 and 2 applications is at the end of April 2024.
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 MonicaGrady.