Interested in introducing student-led research into school?  We’re offering over 200 hours of dedicated, funded support to state schools.

We are a small charity driven by our moral purpose – to capture talent and break down barriers that impact underrepresented young people in STEM. By helping schools enrich their science curriculum through research, we open the world of science to more young people.

Our research opportunities have a tremendous impact on the students and teachers who take part. From decoding the DNA of the human whipworm with geneticists at the Sanger Institute, to supporting astronomers at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh to select targets for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, experiencing science allows students to understand their subject, build skills and boosts their confidence. It’s not too late to get this year’s cohort of students involved!


Our offer of support includes:

  • Funded time (30 hours) for one of our School Engagement Leads to run an IRIS research project with students in your school, supported by one of your teachers; or
  • Funded time (15 hours) for our School Engagement Leads to support one of your teachers to run an IRIS research project; and
  • Reserved places for students to attend and present at the IRIS annual conferences including a bursary of up to £500 for travel, accommodation and other necessary costs.

This offer of enhanced support is open to state funded schools, sixth forms and colleges in the Bradford, Leeds, Edinburgh or Plymouth areas with at least a 28% pupil premium eligibility.

Everyting we offer is completely free of charge and all our School Engagement Leads are fully qualified, experienced teachers and school leaders, who are passionate about providing opportunities for young people in STEM. If you’re not selected, you are still eligible to take part in our projects and benefit from free support and resources.

To register you school for support, complete this form.

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