Partnership Grants


Do you have a great idea for bringing research alive in school?

Partnership Grants of up to £3000 are available to schools to enable students, aged 5 – 18, to carry out science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) projects.

"I have learned so much and the students have been thoroughly fired up by the scientific process."
Jennie Hargreaves, Lockerbie Academy, Lockerbie

Projects needs to be investigative and supported by teachers and STEM professionals (research or industry) working in partnership. They should:

  • Deliver a better understanding of the latest developments in STEM;
  • Improve perceptions of those working in STEM professions;
  • Give students pride and ownership in STEM from participation in the investigative process.

Since it started in November 2000, the scheme has awarded over £1.3 million to over 770 schools and colleges, igniting enthusiasm for STEM in thousands of young people across the UK. Since 2010, 88% of awarded Partnership Grants Partners reported that they would apply again.  

Further information

  • School partners
    Information about the scheme for teachers and schools, including advice on how to find a STEM partner.
  • STEM partners
    Information about the scheme for professionals working in STEM, including advice on how to find a school partner.

Making an application

All the information you need to submit a successful Partnership Grants application

Applying for this scheme

The Partnership Grants scheme is closed for applications for the 2015 Summer round. 

Please refer to our online information and guidance to get started with a Partnership Grants application. 

You can send us your draft application for comments up to two weeks before the closing date.

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.

Case studies

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

The Partnership Grants scheme is partly supported by The Radcliffe Trust.