School Grants Scheme

Grants of up to £600 for projects, events and activities that promote a greater interest in physics and engineering in young people. 


The Scheme is run jointly by the Institute of Physics, Institution of Engineering & Technology and the Science & Technology Facilities Council.

We particularly encourage applications for projects that look at: 

  • particle physics
  • astronomy
  • space and nuclear physics
  • energy
  • transport
  • information and communications
  • design and promotion
  • built environment
Institute of Physics School Grants Scheme

Grants can be used to cover the following costs associated with your project:

  • materials and resources
  • transport
  • marketing and publicity
  • other purposes deemed appropriate by the judges
  • supply cover (in certain circumstances)

    We welcome proposals that demonstrate a high level of cost effectiveness. 

    Who can apply

    Schools, colleges or home school groups based in the UK and Ireland.

    How much you can apply for

    • You can apply for up to £600. We will not normally fund projects if our contribution is a small proportion of your project costs.
    • If you are applying for a grant for a bought-in activity or show, your application will be stronger if you integrate those activities with a wider project.

    Eligibility criteria 

    • You must submit your application yourself and not via a third party provider.
    • Your application must be unique and applicable to your school, college or home school group. We will not accept cloned or copied applications.
    • Your application must be for costs associated with a new project. We will not fund costs for sustaining an existing project or a repeat application.
    • Your project must directly involve pupils. We will not fund activities such as teacher CPD.
    • Your project must add value over and above basic curriculum requirements. We will not fund equipment or materials needed for lessons to deliver the curriculum.
    • If you have applied for and received a grant within the last three years, you will need to complete and return an evaluation form alongside your application.

    How to apply

    • Applications for the School Grants Scheme are made via the IOP awards platform
    • Allow up to five weeks from the closing date for a decision. 

    Deadlines for applications

    • 1 February (for projects taking place in the following summer term)
    • 1 June (for projects taking place in the following autumn term)
    • 1 November (for projects taking place in the following spring term)

    More information

    Email: schoolgrants@iop.org