The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) have merged their educational grant schemes to produce greater coherence in their funding for formal and informal learning support. This combined scheme is designed to streamline the application process, promote partnership working and strengthen how successful interventions are measured.
The Engineering Education Grant Scheme (EEGS) aims to engage young people aged 5-19 in learning about engineering and to develop the professional skills of those involved in supporting STEM learning and careers awareness. The EEGS also supports projects that improve wider engineering literacy.
Any organisation capable of developing and delivering UK-based educational activities is eligible to apply, including schools, IET or IMechE members and STEM organisations. We are particularly keen to receive applications for projects from teams with diverse expertise, a range of skills and from a variety of sectors.
There are two levels of fcounding available. Awards of up to £5000 (inclusive of any applicable VAT) are available for standard applications to the fund, and up to four awards of £15,000 are available each year.
Projects funded by the scheme
Read about projects that received funding in the Spring and Autumn 2015 funding rounds, the Spring and Autumn 2016 funding rounds and the Spring and Autumn 2017 funding round.
Watch the IET's video of the IET and IMechE funded Primary Jet Challenge at the Jet Age Museum:
2018 funding rounds
For 2018, we are delighted to announce that the Engineering Education Grant Scheme becomes a Year of Engineering supported initiative. Focusing on one of the Year of Engineering themes, 'Engineering improves lives', the review panel will consider this theme when making its funding decisions.
Bids for funding will be accepted 22 January - 6 April 2018 for projects taking place from 1 June 2018. Decisions will be announced week commencing 28 May 2018. Bids submitted after 6 April will not be considered.
Bids for funding will be accepted 18 June - 8 October for projects taking place from 1 January 2019. Decisions will be announced week commencing 3 December.
Apply for a grant
All of the information you need to apply for a grant from the Engineering Education Grant Scheme.
Applications to the scheme must be either led by Members, have Members as co-applicants or have a Member advocate. Any engineer who is a Member of the IET or IMechE can fulfill this requirement.
The role of the advocate is important as it helps to ensure that there is always a link between grant applications and member groups of the funders. The advocate is therefore both an informed critical friend of the project and a link to the volunteer member networks of the institutions.
How an advocate can support a grant application
- Provide contact with IET or IMechE STEM Ambassadors, Schools Liaison Officers, Education Officers or other regional committee members; this is especially important if the project is funded (connect with volunteers from the IET or IMechE)
- Advise on engineering content in the proposal
- Provide connections to other relevant engineers or engineering organisations.
What an advocate must not do
- Review the application; a reviewing committee does this, using a rigorous process
- Insist on changes to the project
- Act on behalf of the applicant
- Make use of or share with a third party confidential business information or intellectual property.
You are welcome to approach any of your existing IET or IMechE contacts to support your project as an advocate. It would be helpful to consider what support you would like from your advocate before you get in touch. If you don’t have existing contacts please get in touch at least three weeks before the closing date to request an introduction to our education volunteers.
To apply for funding:
Examples of good applications
These are intended to give applicants an idea of what is considered a good amount of detail and also to give an indication of the sort of scope we are looking for in a project.
- Example of a good application (Control IT)
- Example of a good application (iDiscover).
If your project is funded
The Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers are committed to challenging perceptions about engineering. Applicants to this fund should be prepared to:
- Collect standard impact data that will contribute to a body of knowledge about engineering enrichment activities
- Involve IMechE and IET members in the development and/or delivery of projects
- Share information about activities which have the potential to be carried out by other members of the STEM education community on the National STEM Centre's eLibrary, STEM Learning's STEM Ambassador resource bank or other areas where resources can be accessed;
- Distribute Tomorrow's Engineers careers resources to students and teachers participating in funded projects wherever appropriate.
All successful applicants are required to submit a report and impact data on completion of the funded project. To find out more about reporting requirements download the documents below.
Applicants who have not submitted a report for a previously funded project will not be considered for further funding until the outstanding report has been submitted and acknowledged.