Judging criteria

The Partnership Grants Allocating Panel make grant decisions according to the following criteria:

  • The project must involve a teacher at the school and a practising scientist/engineer, both resident in the UK. The scientist/engineer partner must have significant involvement in the project and with the students.
  • The project must be original to the pupils and involve research and/or investigation of an aspect of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Topics should be exciting, imaginative and relevant to the lives of the pupils involved, and to society as a whole.
  • The project should clearly demonstrate a sound use of scientific methodology and, in addition, mathematical skills where possible.
  • The project must encompass the core values of partnership, creativity and maximum benefit to pupils.
  • The project must have clear aims and a means of evaluating whether the aims are met.
  • The projects should involve pupils as actively as possible so they gain skills and understanding.
  • The project should aim to involve as many pupils as appropriate to the project.
  • The project must provide clear benefits for the pupils they could not obtain without the funds from the Partnership Grant.
  • The project should have long-term, sustainable benefits, to pupils, teachers, scientists/engineers and the school. The panel will look for evidence that processes will be put in place to ensure that at least part of the project can be extended beyond the funding period.
  • Proposed equipment and materials must be necessary and appropriate for the project, and must not be normally covered by the school budget, nor be expected to be provided for the normal curriculum in a school of your type.
  • When a single piece of equipment makes up the majority of the project costs, it must be shown to be integral and vital to the project and have a clear legacy beyond the lifetime of the project. 
  • There should be a structure in place for disseminating the outcomes of the project as widely as possible, eg throughout the school, to parents and to the wider community.

As well as the above criteria, the Judging Panel follow the restrictions on funding, as outlined in the restrictions on funding page.

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.

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.

Scientists and engineers

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.

Case studies

Get inspiration for your project from case studies of work we have previously funded.