Assessing Practical Science Skills in Schools and Colleges

This scheme supports researchers who want to explore the best ways to assess students’ practical science skills. The research will be used to inform our recommendations for future GCSE and A-level reform.

The scheme is a partnership with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and the Royal Society

Scheme at a glance

Career stage:

Intermediate, Senior

Where your host organisation is based:


Level of funding:

£15,000 to £300,000

Duration of funding:

Up to 3 years

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply



You’re consolidating your research career. You lead on research projects and are establishing a research team.


You’re an experienced researcher responsible for the strategic direction of your research programme(s) and team(s).


Key dates

  • Expression of interest deadline

    31 March 2017

  • Application deadline

    24 April 2017

  • Decision

    July 2017

Contact us

Contact our information officers if you have a question about funding.

Or call

+44 (0)20 7611 5757

If you have a question about the scope and content of your proposal, contact Mat Hickman:

+44 (0)20 7611 8825