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Partnership Grants

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

Partnership Grants of up to £3,000 are available to schools to enable students, aged 5 – 18, to carry out science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing or data science projects. 

Applying for this scheme

 The 2020 round is now closed to new applicants and the next round of funding will open in 2021. 

For applicants already invited to Stage 2 or working on their Stage 2 form, due to Covid-19 there are now two submission dates for Stage 2. The first date has passed but the second deadline is Friday 30 October at 10pm GMT. Please note, the likelihood of receiving funding will not be impacted by the date you choose to submit.

To access your Stage 2 application, please click here

Please contact with any questions.

Since it started in November 2000, the Partnership Grants scheme has awarded over £1.3 million to over 800 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.

Why apply for this scheme?

The Partnership Grants scheme offers up to £3000 to UK schools or colleges to buy equipment to run a STEM investigation project in partnership with a STEM professional (research or industry). Successful projects:

  • 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.

Who can apply for this scheme?

Whilst the initial application must be started by the school partner so that they are the primary applicant, there needs to be two project partners on the same application form. The partnership needs to be established before starting the application. The two partners are: 

  • School partner (the primary applicant): any teacher or support staff at the main school, such as a computing teacher or a science technician; and a
  • STEM partner: an individual that is currently working in a STEM related profession, such as a researcher or analyst. 

For specific enquiries, please contact the Education Outreach team directly on or by calling 020 7451 2531. 


How to apply

Benefits of a Partnership Grant

Eligibility and judging criteria

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Exemplar application forms

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