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Application guidance

There is one round of Partnership Grants funding per year. The application process is through the online system Flexi-Grant and while the initial application must be started by the school partner (the primary applicant) both partners of the project have to be involved in the application process. If you have not used Flexi-Grant before, you will need to make an account before you can begin the application. This page provides guidance on how to create a partnership for the project and gives some hints and tips for the application.

Creating a partnership

A Partnership Grant requires both a STEM partner and a school partner to support the project and the students involved. Methods to find a STEM or school partner include:

  • STEM Ambassadors – as a STEM partner you can register as a STEM Ambassador and use the network to identify schools that may be interested in partnering with you. As a school partner you can use the network to find suitable STEM Ambassadors in your area looking for a school to work with.
  • Explore your contacts – perhaps you already know a contact within research or industry, such as a university researcher, or an industrial, research or analysis company employee or owner. Or maybe you have a link within a school, such as an English teacher, school governor or parent. Exploring these contacts can help get you in touch with a STEM professional or school partner that may be interested in running a Partnership Grant project.
  • Local STEM organisations– if there is a nearby organisation that you would like to partner with, you can contact the organisation to discuss a potential partnership.
  • Local schools – if there is a nearby school that you would like to partner with, you can contact the school, explaining your reason of contact, and ask to be put through to an appropriate teacher to discuss a potential partnership. 
  • Making education your business – this guide was developed in collaboration with CBI, setting out five simple steps that can be followed by a company when planning to engage with schools or colleges, describing the practicalities of setting up a programme and giving key advice at each stage to ensure the support of STEM teaching.
  • If you are a potential STEM partner but cannot find a school to work with we can put you in touch with a school via the Royal Society Schools Network. Please contact education@royalsociety.org if you are interested.

Writing your application

When writing your application, the investigation aspect of a Partnership Grant project is one of the driving components of a good application. It should be clearly explained how students will apply the scientific method to the overarching theme of the project and provide information about any hypotheses and usage of scientific methodology, including observables, fair testing and use of results. It is important to indicate what will be done with collected data and how it will be analysed to be used as a part of the project. 

Throughout the running of a Partnership Grants project, the school and STEM partners will be expected to maintain contact with the Royal Society through our reporting process . The reports will be frequent but simple to complete and we hope that you will encourage students to provide these updates. This reporting process will also include financial records so that we can see how the money has been spent and the amendments you have needed to make as your project progresses.

There will be a final component to the reporting process at the end of the project which will likely involve an online survey that you and the STEM Partner will need to complete. If the reporting components are not completed, the Society retains the right to request the Partnership Grants funding be returned. 

You might also like to read Getting practical: a framework for practical work in science (PDF), which is a useful resource for designing the practical components of a project.