The Bayer Primary School Science Fund is sponsored by Bayer and administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

This fund is to give primary schools the opportunity to apply for funding to support and enhance an existing, or  kick-start a new, environmental science education and ‘Nature of Science’ teaching and learning programme. 

Bayer Primary School Science Fund Flyer (PDF, 379 kB)


The Application Process

There is one funding round in 2016.

Applications closed 4 April 2016

An independent selection panel will consider applications.

A budget must be submitted with the application for funding. This must include indicative costs of items that need to be purchased.

Evaluation and reporting

A requirement of funding is that the funded schools report on the activity/ies that have been undertaken in the classroom as a consequence of purchasing equipment through:

A short Progress Report due not later than 1 July 2016

A more comprehensive Final report due not later than 11 November 2016

Applications are to be sent as a Word document  to  and the paper  copy posted to

Jessie McKenzie, Royal Society of New Zealand, PO Box 598, Wellington 6140.


A primary school can request a maximum sum of up to $2,000(GST excl) to help fund activities.

A school that has been successful cannot apply for funding for the following 2 years.

It is important to note that the school’s request must directly benefit the teaching and learning programmes inclusive of the ‘Nature of Science’ strand and environmental science education.  

Examples of the sorts of activities  that are eligible for funding are listed below although schools are welcome to put forward other ideas that benefit their environmental science and  ‘Nature of Science’ teaching;

Examples:Will be funded:

Small gardening equipment items; Stream health monitoring kits; Trees and plants to enhance a learning and teaching programme; microscopes; small science equipment items; planting kits; weather station kits; worm farm equipment.

Will not be funded:

Property Development e.g.

    • cement/concrete/gravel for paths or retaining walls; contractors or labour
    • Lawnmowers, wood-chippers etc
    • resource consent
    • signage

 Hire of Equipment i.e.

    • skips; wheelie bins; earthmoving equipment etc

School Visits i.e.

    • Entry fees; transport; education contractors