Grants for schools

Engage students, teachers and your local community with a fully funded visit from one of our professional presenters, or 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

2021 Royal Institution Science in Schools grant scheme

The 2021 Science in Schools grant scheme is now closed.

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 Ri Science in Schools grant scheme need to take before 30th September 2021.

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 now closed. 

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.

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

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