The Partnership Grants Allocating Panel make grant decisions according to the following criteria:
Grants are NOT awarded to fund:
- Consultancy or advisor fees for scientists, engineers, or freelance science communicators.
- Bought-in kits or workshops from outreach providers or the scientist/engineer partner.
- The purchase of pre-prepared kits (eg Lego kits, eco cars or rocket boats), unless they are to be used in a wider investigation, ie they are part of a project which clearly demonstrates a sound use of scientific methodology.
- The purchase of PRIZES, REFRESHMENTS, services (eg PRINTING) and ICT EQUIPMENT unless shown to be integral and vital to the project and at a reasonable cost.
- Educational research or development materials.
- Normal running costs or equipment of a school science/technology department.
- Fees for entry into other schemes such as CREST or EES.
- Teachers based in educational establishments outside the UK.
- Projects that take place outside of the UK, or travel overseas.
The following items can be funded but should not represent a significant portion of the grant:
- Travel expenses for students. If you do include travel costs in your application, please indicate what the travel will add to the project and why you think it is relevant to the project.
- Supply cover for teachers: we will consider requests for teacher supply cover up to £150 per day as long as you justify why it is needed.
- Travel or hospitality costs for partners will be considered, although many institutes and industrial concerns will pay employees' expenses, so please check
- First as we will require claims for such costs to be justified.
Low priority projects include those which:
- Last for a short time (eg a few days) with limited scientist/engineer contact.
- Focus only on the National Curriculum and exam results targets.
- Are purely ‘design and build’ projects.
- Are mainly concerned with building a pond, garden, observatory or other similar structure.
- Are science/engineering communication projects, such as film-making.