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Partnership Grants

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

Partnership Grants of up to £3,000 are available to UK schools and colleges to carry out investigative STEM research projects in their classrooms in partnership with a STEM professional from academia or industry. The grants are designed to help schools and colleges purchase equipment to run these projects. The scheme is open to both primary and secondary schools, including sixth form colleges. Schools outside of the UK are not eligible to apply. 

For 2020, there has been a new extension to the scheme called Tomorrow’s climate scientists. This programme is funding schools who are specifically carrying out research into climate change and biodiversity.  

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This scheme is open to applications

The 2021 funding round is now open for applications. Due to COVID-19 the deadline for Stage 1 has been extended until the end of May and Stage 2 will remain open until the end of June. 

To help teachers and STEM partners with the application process, free online training sessions are being run until the end of May. Book now to learn more about the scheme and to receive tips about how to make your application stand out. 

Apply for this scheme on Flexi-Grant®

Why apply for this scheme?

The scheme:

  • Provides an opportunity for students to develop key skills, including research skills, problem solving skills and data-handling skills, which will be invaluable for their future careers. 
  • Demonstrates the range of STEM careers available to students. 
  • Fosters long-term working relationships between schools and STEM professionals.
  • Fulfills the requirement of Benchmark 8 of the Gatsby Practical Science Benchmarks – ‘Students should have opportunities to do open-ended and extended investigative projects.’ Additionally supports the requirements of the Gatsby Career Benchmarks - ‘Encounters with employers and employees’.

How to apply:

Key dates - 2021 round only: 

Please note, the dates below are for the 2021 round only due to COVID-19. The key dates will return to normal for the 2022 round. 

  • January  May: complete Stage 1 of the application process
  • June: complete Stage 2 of the application process
  • July  September: judging and applicants notified if they are successful or not
  • September: projects can begin
  • A detailed timeline can be found here.

For further information about the scheme please visit the pages below. If you have any questions, please contact the Schools Engagement team at or 0207 451 2531.

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What is the partnership?

Eligibility and judging criteria

The application process

Application tips

Tomorrow's climate scientists

Special educational needs and disabilities

Case studies and interactive map

Exemplar application forms

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