STEM grants for schools

Enhance your teaching of science, technology, engineering and maths with our STEM grants for schools.

  • Enrich your teaching with an activity that goes beyond the curriculum.

    Credit: Katherine Leedale

2020 STEM enrichment and enhancement (E&E) grant scheme

The 2020 STEM Grants scheme is now closed. 

If your school was awarded a grant in the 2019/20 cycle and your STEM activity was postponed due to COVID-19, your grant is now valid until the end of July 2021. For more information, please contact

Grants of £500 are offered annually, for schools to experience a science, technology, engineering or mathematics activity selected from the STEM Directory. This scheme is generously supported by the Clothworkers’ Foundation and the L.G. Harris Trust.

About STEM E&E grants for schools

The Royal Institution’s STEM E&E grants are designed to help integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities into school practice and to support teachers’ professional development.

Grants are awarded each year. Sign up to our education newsletter to be the first to hear when our grant schemes open.

What are the grants for?

Teachers can apply for grants to cover £500 towards an activity selected from the STEM Directory.

These activities can range from shows and talks, to workshops and team-based challenges, they enrich or go beyond the curriculum and often use resources that are not readily available to schools.

This £500 can be used to cover fees and expenses of the activity provider as well as travel expenses incurred by the school.

Any other expenses incurred by the school are not covered by the grant.

All activities funded by this grant would need to be completed between 1 January 2021 and the end of the 2021 summer term.

Am I eligible to apply?

In order to apply for a grant, you need to:

  • Be from a state-funded primary or secondary school/academy, sixth-form or Further Education college in the UK
  • Be a member of the school staff who is involved in teaching a STEM subject in the schoolMake contact with your activity provider before the application deadline

Please note that the assessment process gives priority to disadvantaged schools

About the STEM Directory

The STEM Directory is an easy way to find enhancement and enrichment opportunities to support STEM teaching. Some schemes bring exciting activities into schools or colleges; others can provide a memorable day out for students or a nationwide competition to help motivate a STEM club.

The STEM Directory is run by STEM Learning, the largest provider of STEM education and careers support to schools, colleges and other groups working with young people across the UK. They offer an extensive library of online STEM teaching resources, provide CPD opportunities for teachers and manage the nationwide STEM Ambassador scheme.

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