Partnerships for excellence in science and engineering

The Royal Societys Partnership Grants scheme spring round is due to open 7 January 2013.  Schools can apply for up to 3000 to work with scientists and engineers on creative investigations that inspire students with the excitement and wonder of cutting-edge science or engineering research.

Funds are available for projects working with students aged between 5-18, as long as the project involves a UK school or college, and a practising scientist or engineer. The next round for applications closes on 22 February 2013. For more details about eligibility criteria and to find out how to apply via our online application system, go to http://royalsociety.org/partnership.

What are the benefits?

A Partnership Grants project offers students the chance to get really hands-on with science or engineering, and develop their practical and critical thinking skills whilst enhancing their scientific knowledge.

We find putting our science into the classroom, and bringing the school pupils out to see the science in action, tremendously rewarding. The kids ask fantastic questions, frequently challenging us on our ability to explain basic principles and often opening discussions on novel research topics. Professor Jonathan Sharples, Liverpool University

Bringing a scientist or engineer into school can be a fantastic source of careers inspiration, and long-lasting partnerships such as these can benefit schools for years to come. Partnership Grant projects allow teachers to go beyond the curriculum, engage with cutting-edge research and access new equipment and skills.

"As a teaching staff we recognise that we were incredibly lucky to have such experienced and passionate scientists come into our school to share their knowledge. I know that the scientists are passionate about their jobs and this is something that really came across." Claire Powell, Halton Community Combined School

What can you apply for?

Teachers, schools and their partner scientists and engineers from across the country have come up with a whole range of different projects that have captured the imagination of students. A Partnership Grants project is a real opportunity to exercise your creativity. Find ideas for projects by reading the case studies at http://royalsociety.org/education/partnership/case-studies/ .

If you have a great idea for a project, but need help in finding a partner, then please contact us.

Royal Society staff are happy to discuss ideas for projects, and can be reached on education@royalsociety.org or 0207 451 2574.

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