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The Royal Society offers up to £3,000 to support partnerships between schools and STEM professionals to bring research alive through investigative STEM projects.

The Royal Society's Partnership Grants scheme funds schools and colleges up to £3,000 to run investigative STEM projects in partnership with STEM professionals from academia or industry. 

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.
  • Fulfils 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’.

There must be two partners involved in a Partnership Grant – a school partner from the UK and a STEM partner from academia or industry. More information about the partnership can be found here

The school partner must be the lead applicant and start the application, and STEM professionals (who must be above graduate level, and cannot be an outreach or engagement professional) should be actively involved.

Applications must be for a specific investigative project rather than a general request for equipment or STEM resources.

The application is a two-stage process, with a very light touch initial idea followed by a second stage with a more detailed proposal.

The deadlines are at the end of April, June and November.

There's a huge amount of useful information available through the website (below), including full information about the process, applications tips and case studies from previously funded projects.

Click here for full details