Improving Science Teacher Retention

This scheme provides funding to test ideas that aim to support science teachers to remain in the profession for longer. 

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:

£75,000 to £750,000

Duration of funding:

Up to 3 years

Who can apply

You can apply for this funding if you want to test an approach to improving science teacher retention in state schools in England. 

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

You can apply if you’re a: 

  • researcher 
  • a school leader or teacher


  • if you work in an education setting such as a charity, multi-academy trust, or local authority. 

Your project must take place in England.  

What we’re looking for 

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

  • teacher mentoring programmes 
  • continuing professional development 
  • reducing teacher workload 
  • support for teacher wellbeing
  • flexible working opportunities. 

We will review: 

  • the strength of the evidence that suggests your approach will improve science teacher retention
  • 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 Teacher Retention scheme on the Education Endowment Foundation website

The Improving Science Teacher Retention scheme offers funding between £75,000 and £750,000 over three years. 

We aim to award a maximum of five grants, and projects are expected to start from 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

    22 March 2018, 17:00 GMT

  • Decision

    June 2018


Republic of Ireland
Rest of the world
Research and development

Contact us

If you have any questions, visit the contact us page on the Education Endowment Foundation website.