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This scheme helps schools to run exciting and innovative projects in partnership with a professional scientist or engineer.
"I would strongly recommend all schools to get involved in the Partnership Grants scheme." - Carl Williams, Markland Hill CP School, Bolton
Do you have a great idea for bringing science to life in schools?
The Partnership Grants scheme provides grants of up to £3,000 for science projects run at a primary or secondary school or college in partnership with a professional scientist or engineer.
Since 2000, the scheme has awarded over £1.1 million to 660 schools and has ignited enthusiasm for science among young people across the UK.
Find out all the information you need to apply to the scheme.
Introduction to the Partnership Grants scheme (2 mins, requires Flash Player).
For teachers, a Partnership Grants project is a rare opportunity to enhance and go beyond the curriculum, as well as to take students out of the classroom to do something ‘hands-on’ and exciting. Teachers get the chance to work alongside practising scientists and engineers, allowing them to keep up to date with cutting-edge research and the latest developments in science – an excellent source of continuing professional development (CPD).
A Partnership Grant can allow schools to buy specialist scientific equipment, to be used not only for the initial project but for years to come. Partnerships created through the project, with other schools, local businesses, and universities, help build vital links within the community, and the interest from local media helps to raise the school’s profile.
St Mary's CE Primary School talk about their project (3 mins).
A Partnership Grants project gives pupils the chance to work in a ‘hands-on’ environment with a scientist or engineer, gaining a better understanding of what they do and of the science involved. They can also provide an opportunity for pupils to get out of the classroom on field or residential trips.
Participation in innovative projects can contribute to improvements in practical and thinking skills, as well as scientific knowledge. Pupils become more enthusiastic, participation in classroom activities increases, and valuable communication and understanding skills are developed, which can then enhance future classroom-based work.
Projects can also help raise pupil aspirations. By making close links with businesses and universities, schools get the opportunity to find valuable work experience for pupils and give them a taste of university life.
Scientists and engineers who get involved with Partnership Grants projects are fantastic role models for careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. Partners enjoy getting the chance to work with pupils who appreciate their knowledge and help, and all who have participated agreed that they would like to undertake an activity like this again in the future. Partnership Grants projects challenge partners to develop their research in a way that is interesting and accessible to pupils.
These projects provide a valuable opportunity for scientists and engineers to improve their teaching and communication skills with a young audience, as well the chance to contribute to science education in the UK.
The Partnership Grants scheme is now closed. The next round will be be in early 2014.
There are two application rounds per year, one in Spring and one in Autumn.
You can apply through the online portal (this link will be live when the scheme is open for applications).
You can send us your draft application for comments up to one week before the closing date. See the Application guidelines for more details.
When the project is finished, you are expected to evaluate its impact. You might also consider ways to build on the project in the future.
If you are a professional scientist or engineer and would like to take part in a Partnership Grant project you can read our advice on getting involved.
If you are a teacher looking for a scientist or engineer partner then please read the guidance on finding a suitable partner.
Get inspiration for your project from case studies of work we have previously funded.
'I would strongly recommend all schools to get involved in the Partnership Grants scheme, as it interfaces science with the wider world...the children are able to relate to scientists as real people, and many of my pupils now aspire to becoming scientists themselves....' - Carl Williams, Markland Hill CP School, Bolton
'I like investigating in the woods and using the magnifiers to see what's there.’ - Pupil from John Ball Primary School
‘I really enjoyed seeing the results: the work demonstrated that the children had engaged with my talk, and it was clear that they had put a lot of effort into it.’ - Dr Gemma Bramley, Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew
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