Improving Science Education

This scheme provides funding to test educational approaches aimed at improving disadvantaged pupils’ attainment and/or progression in science subjects at school. 

The scheme is a partnership between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Wellcome.

Scheme at a glance

This scheme is now closed

Where your host organisation is based:

UK, Republic of Ireland, Rest of the world

Project stage:

Research and development

Level of funding:

Usually £90,000 to £1.5 million

Duration of funding:

Up to 4 years

Who can apply

You can apply for this funding if you want to test an approach to improving science education for pupils in the UK.

Your approach must: 

  • be aimed at pupils aged between 5 and 16
  • improve pupils’ attainment and/or progression.

You must have some evidence that the approach will be successful.

You can apply if you’re:

  • a researcher
  • a school teacher
  • an expert in informal learning


  • if you work in an education setting, eg a charity, social enterprise, or local authority. 

Your project must take place in the UK.  

What we’re looking for

Examples of areas to focus on could include (but are not limited to):

  • pupils’ access to science resources
  • literacy in science
  • scientific reasoning tasks
  • practical science.

We will review:

  • the strength of the evidence that suggests your approach will improve disadvantaged pupils’ attainment and/or progression in science subjects at school
  • how practical, scalable and affordable your approach is for other schools to adopt 
  • your team’s expertise. 

You can find out more about eligibility and suitability for the Improving Science Education scheme on the Education Endowment Foundation website.

The Improving Science Education scheme offers between £90,000 and £1.5 million over four years. 

We aim to award a maximum of eight grants, and projects are expected to start in October 2018.

The Education Endowment Foundation website has more information about what we offer.

This scheme is now closed.


This was a one-off scheme.

  • Application deadline

    9 April 2018, 17:00 BST

  • Decision

    June 2018


Republic of Ireland
Rest of the world
Research and development

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Yeomans