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Partnership Grants

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The Partnership Grants scheme funds schools up to £3,000 to run investigative STEM projects in partnership with STEM professionals from academia or industry. In June 2021 an external evaluation of the last three years of the scheme was undertaken (covering approximately 100 awarded grants). The report highlighted the success of the scheme and its unique value in a busy UK STEM engagement landscape benefitting students, teachers and STEM professionals alike. The 10 key findings of the report are summarised here (PDF). The scheme is open to both primary and secondary schools, including sixth form colleges. Schools outside of the UK are not eligible to apply. 

Tomorrow's climate scientists is an extension to the Partnership Grants scheme and funds schools specifically researching into climate change and biodiversity. The programme aims to give students not just a voice but an opportunity to take action themselves to address climate and biodiversity issues. 

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This scheme is open to applications

Due to COVID-19 the deadlines for the 2021 round have been extended. There will be two further grant allocations for the 2021 round. To be included in the first allocation, schools must submit stage 1 and stage 2 by 8 December. Projects funded through this allocation round will be able to start in the spring term. The final allocation, for the 2021 funding round, will take place at the end of January 2022 and projects will be able to begin from the summer term. The 2022 funding round will open in February 2022 and projects will be able to run from September 2022.

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

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: 

Due to COVID-19 the dates for the 2021 round have been extended. There will be a further two allocation periods. Schools who would like to receive funding to run projects from the spring term must have submitted stage 1 and stage 2 by 8 December 2021. The final allocation period will take place at the end of January 2022 and schools funded through this allocation will be able to begin their projects in the summer term. The key dates will return to normal for the 2022 round, which will open in February 2022. 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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Tomorrow's climate scientists

What is the partnership?

Eligibility and judging criteria

The application process

Application tips

Special educational needs and disabilities

Case studies and interactive map

Exemplar application forms

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