Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science & Technology

Please note that this competition has been paused and will resume in 2022.

The Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science & Technology is an annual awards programme that helps teachers increase science, mathematics, and technology engagement in their schools and colleges. The awards programme is open to all schools and colleges in the UK.

Previously called the Rolls-Royce Science Prize, the award has been refreshed to encourage entries not only from science and maths, but also engineering, design and technology projects including 3D printing, robotics and coding, data science, artificial intelligence and electrification.

Entrants will submit an application outlining an idea for a sustainable science, mathematics or technology initiative, specific to your school and which you would deliver throughout the next school year.

Your initiative can focus on any area of science, mathematics, or technology, and it can be either a new idea or development of something you’re already working on. The most important thing: think innovative!

Each year up to 50 schools are awarded a £1,000 Special Merit Award (SMA) for STEM teaching in school.

Special Merit Award winners will automatically be entered into the finalist short-list and a chance to win the coveted The Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science & Technology, formerly known as the Rolls-Royce Science Prize.

If you are selected as a finalist, you will be provided with a further £5,000 to implement your action plan in the second year of this two-year rolling awards programme. You will also receive additional support from Rolls-Royce, who will work with you for the full academic year to help you implement your action plan.


How to enter the competition

Complete the application form and send to

Judging for Special Merit Awards is done on a half termly basis so submit your application as soon as you’re ready, to be sure not to miss out.

Your application should outline an idea for a science, mathematics, or technology teaching project that meets a need in your school or college. Your project can be a new idea or a development of something you have been working on for some time. The most important thing is to be innovative and come up with unusual ideas.


Get inspired

You can read a selection of blogs from schools who have taken part in the Rolls-Royce Science Prize, and hear about their experiences.

For over a decade the Rolls-Royce Science Prize has rewarded excellence in science teaching across the full spectrum of teaching, from special education needs to high ability pupils. You can watch a video on YouTube celebrating 10 years of the Science Prize.

Full details of the The Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science & Technology, past winners and the annual gala prize dinner are available on the Rolls-Royce website.