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The application process

 

The Partnership Grant application process is completed through Flexi-Grant®, an online system used to administer all Royal Society grants. Applications must be started by the school partner who can then invite the STEM partner to contribute to the form. There are two stages to the application, with eligibility checks carried out at the end of Stage 1. Find out more about what information is needed and how to complete each stage on Flexi-Grant® on our Stage 1 and Stage 2 advice pages. Guidance and support is available throughout the application process, see further information below. 

Timeline 

The Partnership Grants scheme is an annual funding round. The application process opens in February each year and there are three possible submission deadlines across the year. The round closes after the final submission deadline which is at the end of November. Please see the timeline below for full details.

Date Details
February Application round opens.
End of April First submission deadline. To be considered in this first submission deadline both stage 1 and stage 2 must be submitted.
End of June Second submission deadline. To be considered in this second submission deadline both stage 1 and stage 2 must be submitted.
July Schools from the first submission deadline notified about the outcome of their applications.
October Projects funded through the first submission deadline can begin their projects. Schools from the second submission deadline notified about the outcome of their applications.
End of November Third and final submission deadline. To be considered in this second submission deadline both stage 1 and stage 2 must be submitted.
January Projects funded through the second submission deadline can begin their projects.
February Schools from the third submission deadline notified about the outcome of their applications. These projects can begin from the start of the summer term. The new application round opens.

What application support does the Society provide?

The Royal Society appreciates that writing grant applications is often new to applicants and therefore support and guidance is provided in the lead up to and during the application process. This support can help ensure schools have the best possible chance to receive funding.

Free online training sessions about the scheme are run where you can gain a better understanding of the grant and application process. During the session you will also receive hints and tips about how to make your application stand out. Drop-in support sessions are available as well giving applicants an opportunity to ask specific questions about the scheme or receive feedback on draft applications. Both types of session can be booked via Eventbrite

The Schools Engagement team can provide advice on finding STEM partners, project ideas etc. as well as reading draft applications and providing any required technical support for Flexi-Grant®. If a Stage 1 application fails eligibility checks, the application can be sent back to the applicant to edit and resubmit. 

Once the judging process is complete, if an application has been unsuccessful the school can work with the team to re-write their application for future funding rounds. 

If a school successfully receives funding, there is then some paperwork required before funding can be transferred.

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