Grants for schools

Engage students, teachers and your local community with a fully-funded visit from one of our professional presenters, and help inspire a sense of wonder and excitement with science.

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

    Credit: Katherine Leedale

2021 Royal Institution Science in Schools grant scheme

The 2021 Science in Schools grant scheme is now open, and the deadline for applications is Friday 2 July 2021.

Apply online now

Ri Science in Schools grants are awarded annually and offer free visits from our professional presenters worth £800.

Our Science in Schools days are designed to support children’s science education, meet CPD requirements for teachers, engage families, and raise funds for your school.

Visits funded by the 2021 Ri Science in Schools grant scheme need to take place between 1 October 2021 and 30 September 2022.

This scheme is generously supported by the Gillespie Endowment.

About Royal Institution Science in Schools days

We are the largest national provider of school science shows in the UK and have a 200 year pedigree of public engagement. A bespoke Science in Schools package from the world famous Royal Institution includes:

  • Two school shows for your students, designed to support the curriculum at KS1, KS2 or KS3
  • A CPD session for teachers, using interactive demonstrations to build the skills and confidence to inspire children with practical science
  • An after school or evening community show for a family audience, to generate support for science in the home. The community show can also be ticketed to raise funds for future activities at your school

Learn more about our Science in Schools days

Please note that a COVID-safe package is currently available to ensure social distancing throughout the visit. Successful applicants may be offered an additional student show in place of the community show to avoid mixing of households. 

Am I eligible to apply?

To apply for a fully funded school visit, you need to be:

  • From a state-funded primary or secondary school/academy in the UK (shows can be adapted for ages 4-7, 7-11, or 11-14)
  • A member of the school staff who is involved in teaching a STEM subject in the school
  • Able to demonstrate that your students would not otherwise have access to this opportunity

Please note that the assessment process gives priority to disadvantaged schools

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

The 2020 STEM Grants scheme is closed. If your school was awarded a grant under the 2020 scheme and your activity was postponed due to Covid-19, your grant remains valid until the end of July 2021.

From the end of July 2021, to maximise the impact of the Ri’s offer to schools that benefit from additional support for science learning, we will be focusing our grant-giving on a single scheme. As a small independent charity, our limited resources mean it is not practicable for us to attract funding for, and then administer, multiple grant schemes.

The generous support we received for STEM Grants from the Clothworkers Foundation and the L.G. Harris Trust covered the grants themselves, but not the cost of running the scheme. We are sadly no longer able to meet those additional costs with our income having been severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions

So the Ri Science in Schools Grant Programme will replace our STEM Grants Programme when the current grant period ends on 31 July.

If you require more information, please contact schools@ri.ac.ukor follow the link above to apply for one of our Science in Schools grants, which are worth around £300 more for each school supported.

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