Member-School Partnership Fund

The Physiological Society’s Member-School Partnership Fund provides grants of up to £1000 to Full, Affiliate and Associate Members to link with a school, college or youth organisation and run any type of activity that aims to inspire an interest in physiology among young people. School teachers and youth organisation leaders looking for a partner scientist can contact us for assistance with this.

For school visits costing less than £50…

The Society has ring-fenced funding for expense claims relating to school visits. If you have organised a visit and only require funding to cover your travel expenses, please email outreach@physoc.org with a 250 word (max) summary of your activity, along with the address and name of your school. We will pay expenses of up to £50 per person on the provision of receipts. Requests must be made at least two week in advance. 

About the grant

The grant aims to encourage and support the development of projects that

  • Raise awareness of physiology and/or physiology-related study/career options in students aged 4-19.
  • Help teachers to link and extend their teaching of physiology concepts to real life applications and careers. 
  • Develop stronger relationships between schools, youth organisations and university departments with the aim of widening participation in physiology.

The Society is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, and thereby welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds. Applications that consider how to involve audiences from a range of different backgrounds (particularly those that aim to serve underrepresented and disadvantaged groups) will be favoured. 

The following will normally not be funded:

  • Costs normally met from school budgets (e.g. the purchase of text books or standard equipment, if in doubt please email outreach@physoc.org)
  • Projects that the reviewers judge would proceed regardless of a grant award.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers or annual subscriptions, however twilight sessions, and teach the teacher sessions will be considered
  • Cover for absence of the teacher / buy-out of university teaching responsibilities

Applications can be submitted at any time, however funding will only be awarded each half term. Please submit your applications one half term in advance to secure funding for the next. 

For projects in the:Application deadline:
First half of the Michaelmas term1 July 2017
Second half of the Michaelmas term1 October 2017
First half of the Lent term15 November 2017
Second half of the Lent term15 January 2018
First half of the Summer term1 March 2018
Second half of the Summer term1 May 2018

 

Criteria

Applicants will need to demonstrate

  • An understanding of the age group(s) the activity is targeted at (e.g. level of physiology knowledge, communication preferences, wider needs/interests where applicable).
  • How the project links to the curriculum for the age group(s) targeted
  • Input from the school/youth organisation
  • A sustainable relationship with the school or youth organisation that will last beyond the end of the grant. 
  • Efforts to support widening participation and raising aspirations.
  • How the activity will generate resources and/or share best practice
 

Evaluation

  • Grant holders will be asked to fill in The Society’s impact evaluation survey. We advise that you look over the question during the planning stages of your activities so that you are able to collect relevant information.  (See guidelines)
  • Grant awardees will be asked to work with the Outreach Officer to create a lesson/workshop plan based on their activity, which can be shared with other Members for the benefit of the wider community.
 

How to apply

To apply, please submit an application form (you must be logged in to access this). Please make sure you review the Terms and Conditions as well as the application guidelines for guidance.

The application system for this grant will be migrated onto The Society’s online portal at a later date.