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Frequently asked questions

What is an investigative project?

An investigative project is a project which makes use of scientific method(s) to test a hypothesis or research a topic. The research should be original for the pupil, i.e. the research or topic should be new to the children involved. If your project includes a ‘design and build’ aspect (for example, building a car, robots, weather station, etc.), you must ensure that the project also includes a strong focus on investigation.

What is the minimum or maximum duration for a Partnership Grant?

There is no set minimum or maximum duration. Shorter projects tend to last at least a week to see proper development of ideas, and anything longer than a year needs to be clearly phased to show how each set of pupils involved will benefit.

What is the minimum I can apply for?

The minimum amount for a Partnership Grant is £500.

Can I reapply for a Partnership Grant if I had already received one in the past?

Previous recipients of partnership grants may apply for further funding, as long as the new application is made one year or more after the previous application. However, you must make sure that your new project is not a simple extension of your previous one. You can use the same partner and even the same basic idea, but your project must involve a new investigation in which the pupils are able to develop new skills and ideas. Please note that we are not able to fund further projects until we have received the final report and all completed evaluations from the initial project.

Can the Partnership Grant be used to participate in an existing scheme?

 If your application is for funds to participate in another scheme, you should emphasise the unique, investigative aspects of your project, and there needs to be significant scientist/engineer involvement. This also means that the amount you apply for should relate specifically to the time, equipment or materials necessary for that investigation only. The grant can’t be used to pay for the fees for entry into other schemes.

Can the Partnership Grant be used in conjunction with other schemes?

We realise that projects may cost more than £3000 and that a Partnership Grant may only cover part of the total cost. We are happy to part-fund projects but need to know who you might be approaching for the remaining funding. Any potential Partnership Grant should contribute significantly to the success of your project and will only be awarded if your project meets our scheme's criteria

Can the Grant be used to do a project with other schools? How should we proceed to apply?

The application is made jointly between one lead teacher, and one lead science/engineering partner. Other schools/partners can be part of the application, and there are places within the application form for them to be mentioned.

If a consortium or a group of schools would like to apply together to work on a project with a scientist(s), they will need to nominate a lead school. The lead school will fill in the application with the scientist(s) on behalf of the group and will be the point of contact for receiving the grant if selected. The application and the plan of work of the project should clearly indicate how the schools will work together with the lead school on the project. The application should also include evidence of the way the lead school intends to manage the fund money.

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