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.
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Royal Institution Science in Schools grant scheme

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

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.

This scheme is generously supported by the Bain Capital, The Kusuma Trust, AstraZeneca, The Farr Foundation, AM McGreevy No 5 Charitable Settlement, the John S Cohen Foundation, and a donation in memory of Bob Bell.

The deadline for 2024 applications has now passed.

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 Royal Institution includes:

  • Two performances of a science show 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

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, or maintained school anywhere in the UK (shows can be adapted for ages 4–7, 7–11, or 11–14)
  • A member of school staff who is involved in teaching a STEM subject in the school, or able to provide a direct contact at the school you are applying on behalf of
  • Able to demonstrate that your students would not otherwise have access to this opportunity

Our assessment process gives priority to disadvantaged schools.

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Read the grant application guidance