The Royal Institution STEM E&E Grant Scheme offers UK-registered state schools a grant of up to £500 to experience a STEM activity taken from the STEM Directories. The scheme is designed to help integrate STEM Enrichment and Enhancement activities into school practice and to support teachers’ professional development.
For over 200 years the Royal Institution (Ri) has been at the forefront of public engagement with science and its mission is to encourage people to think more deeply about the wonders and applications of science. The Ri manages the STEM Directories, an online catalogue of STEM E&E (Enrichment and Enhancement) activities offered by organisations across the UK. The activities are described as Enrichment and Enhancement because they enrich or enhance (go beyond) the school curriculum. The activities are usually events or experiences that cannot be delivered with standard school resources.
The Ri receives funding from the Causeway Foundation to run and develop the STEM Directories and to enable wider access to its listed activities by offering the STEM E&E Grant Scheme.
What do the grants offer?
- £500 towards any activity listed on the STEM Directories
- 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
- All activities funded by this grant would need to be completed by the end of the 2016 summer term
What are the eligibility criteria?
In order to apply for a grant, you need to:
- Be from a state-funded primary or secondary school, academy or sixth-form college in the UK
- Be a member of the school staff who is involved in teaching a STEM subject in that school
- Make contact with your activity provider before the application deadline
Please note that the assessment process gives priority to disadvantaged schools.
More information, along with how to apply, can be found here.