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 funding 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 2017 funding round.
Watch the IET's video of the IET and IMechE funded Primary Jet Challenge at the Jet Age Museum:
Autumn 2017 funding round
Bids for funding will be accepted 12 June - 6 October 2017 for projects taking place from 1 January 2018. Bids submitted after 6 October will not be considered.
Decisions will be announced week commencing 4 December 2017.
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, and any engineer who is a member of the IET or IMechE can fulfill this requirement.
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 to request an introduction to our educational 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.
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.