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Events and Funding

This page is populated by the public engagement team as they become aware of funding opportunities, or opportunities to run an activity as part of someone else's event (e.g. a science tent at a music or arts festival).

If you are aware of current funding for public engagement activity not listed here, please email and we will add this to the page.


STFC Spark Awards

The 2019A call for the STFC Public Engagement Spark Awards opens on 14 March 2019 and closes on 2 May 2019.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council invites applications for its public engagement spark awards. These support programmes of novel public engagement that focus on a topic within the council’s remit, which includes astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science, or align to the science and technology work of the council’s national and international laboratories and facilities. Applications that highlight the social, ethical, and economic benefits of research are welcomed. Applicants are encouraged to propose novel or innovative approaches towards engagement, and to propose engagement with audiences considered to have low science capital. They are also explicitly invited to work with the wonder initiative’s target audience of eight to 14 year olds and their families and carers from the 40 per cent most socioeconomically-deprived areas of the UK. Digital content is only funded as part of a wider engagement programme.

Applicant organisations must be based in the UK and must have audited accounts. The target audiences of the project must be primarily UK residents. Almost anyone may apply, including grant-funded researchers, STFC scientists and engineers, facility users, schools, museums, science communicators and amateur astronomy groups. Each application must include a researcher in an STFC-funded area of science or technology.

Awards are worth up to £15,000 each. There are no set restrictions on the types of costs that may be applied for, but no more than £10,000 may be spent on equipment.

Sat 16 February 2019, 18:12 | Tags: External funding Faculty of Science

Being Human Festival

Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy, Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. In November each year the festival brings together universities, museums, galleries, archives, independent research organisations, community and commercial partners to make research in the humanities accessible to non-specialist audiences and demonstrate its relevance to our everyday lives.


THEME: Discoveries and Secrets

FUNDING AVAILABLE - funded deadline 8th April 2019

'Small Awards' - up to £1,500 to enable activities

'Hub Awards' - Apply for a larger grant of £2,000-4,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a festival hub

'Open Call' - Organise activities that do not require funding - deadline 3rd June 2019

Wed 13 February 2019, 13:30 | Tags: Faculty of Arts Faculty of Social Sciences External funding

Wellcome Research Enrichment Funding

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its research enrichment funding. This enables current Wellcome grant holders to increase the impact of their work in regards to public engagement, open research, and diversity and inclusion. Three types of funding are available:

•public engagement – helps applicants engage the public with their research, worth up to £250,000 or five per cent of the main Wellcome grant for basic, clinical and public health researchers;

•open research – supports applicants in developing innovative ways to make their research open, accessible and reusable, worth up to £50,000, or 5 per cent of the main Wellcome grant;

•diversity and inclusion – enables applicants to identify and tackle barriers to diversity and inclusion in their work, worth up to £20,000 for basic, clinical and public health researchers.

Current Wellcome-funded lead applicant grant holders or successful applicants to a Wellcome scheme may apply for one or more award. Applicants may be postdoctoral, leading a research programme or returning to research. They must be funded through an eligible Wellcome funding scheme, which excludes master’s and PhD level funding among several other awards.

Funding lasts until the end of the main Wellcome grant.

Health Foundation - 10 Great Opportunities and Funding in 2019

The Health Foundation looks ahead to some of the key opportunities to get involved in thier grant programmes, research projects and fellowships over the coming year.

Evidence into Practice - *OPENING OCTOBER 2019*

Evidence into Practice is a programme of grants from the Health Foundation that funds the development of tools and resources, based on completed research studies, to support the implementation of findings in practice.

The Evidence into Practice programme is designed to help research teams bridge the gap from academic research findings, to actionable information for people practising in the field.

Eight projects received up to £50,000 to fund the development of tools and resources to support the implementation of findings in practice.

The aim with this programme is to support fresh ideas that have the potential to achieve impact and change to improve service delivery, including in non-acute settings.

Projects: The eight successful projects involve creative and innovative ideas which will translate findings from completed studies into tools and resources for practical application.

Thu 31 January 2019, 14:50

British Science Association Honorary Fellowships - nominations now open

Honorary Fellowships: nominations now open

We are currently accepting nominations for our Honorary Fellowships. The British Science Association awards Honorary Fellowships to people who embody our vision and further our goal.

This can take many forms, including:

  • Supporting hands-on STEM education and empowering young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Challenging stereotypes of what a scientist looks like, what scientists do and showcasing science as part of culture
  • Leading public dialogue about science's place in society

Nominations are open until Friday 1 March

Thu 31 January 2019, 13:10 | Tags: Faculty of Science

Cafe Scientifique Speaker Opportunities

The Cafe Scientifique group in Leamington Spa are currently looking for speakers to join their programme from May 2019 onwards.

As a group interested in a mutlitude of Scientific aspects, they have created a "wish list" on topics they would like to see covered:

  • Cosmology and the changing perspective from modern telescopes
  • Graphene and other 2 dimensional materials, what are they and their impact
  • Mathematical Modelling, applications, strengths and weaknesses
  • How to make cities sustainable starting from where we are now
  • Advances in housing technology
  • How will we feed ourselves in a changing world?
  • The changing view of evolution given recent paleontological discoveries
  • Quantum computing, where is it now and where is it going.
  • Vehicle technology, where is it now and where is it going
  • Artificial Intelligence, where is it now and where is it going
  • Formation of research projects, their funding and ethical considerations

If you would like to speak about any of these topics, please feel free to get touch directly with Robin Cathcart on

More details of where the group meets can be found on their website.

Tue 22 January 2019, 14:10 | Tags: Faculty of Social Sciences Faculty of Science Medical School

Wellcome Trust Public engagement fund – small grants

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its public engagement fund – small grants. This enables individuals and organisations to use creative approaches in engaging the public with health research. The aim is to empower people by helping them access health research and innovation, improve health research by making it more people-centred and help people value and think critically about science. Projects must:

•innovate or try new ways of working;

•develop an existing activity either by exploring ways to make it sustainable or by scaling it up in a cost-effective manner;

•learn from a successful engagement activity and replicate it with a new audience.

Individuals and commercial and non-profit organisations may apply. Applicants may be working in in the arts, culture, entertainment media, heritage, leisure, education, research, informal learning, social enterprise, non-profit and community sectors, or other fields. All applications must include a subject expert in science or health-related discipline. Projects may take place in the UK, Republic of Ireland, low- or middle-income country within sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia or East Asia and the Pacific.

Grants are worth between £25,000 and £250,000 over three years. Funding may cover salaries, fees for other essential staff and temporary replacement staff, costs for promoting access or increasing diversity and materials and consumables.

Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Grants

he Outreach Fund provides financial support to members, individuals and organisations in order to enable them to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.

Through the fund they aim to support projects that:

  • maximise members' outreach and engagement contribution
  • offer teachers a range of effective curriculum-enriching activities and opportunities to further engage their students with outreach
  • provide hard-to-reach student audiences with inspiring chemistry engagement opportunities, delivered or coordinated by skilled people
  • increase chemistry and chemists' influence in public discourse and decision-making in line with the findings of the Public Attitude to Chemistry research.

The Outreach Fund is split into two categories:

  • Small grants - up to £2,000
  • Large grants - between £2,000 and £10,000

This means that we can fund everything from a one-off event, all the way up to large programmes of activity.

Deadline for both grants: 13th May 2019

Mon 14 January 2019, 09:01 | Tags: External funding Faculty of Science

Curiosity - Wellcome and Children in Need Funding

Wellcome and BBC Children in Need are collaborating on Curiosity – a programme that uses science activities to make a positive difference in the lives of children and young people affected by disadvantage.

Curiosity funding is intended for youth organisations in the UK whose main remit is supporting children and young people affected by disadvantage. The funding is disbursed by BBC Children in Need and applying organisations must meet their eligibility criteria.

This is an opportunity for informal science learning (ISL) providers to partner with youth organisations to help shape or support the science content that they deliver. Based on the 32 projects that we’ve already funded, such partnerships gave ISL providers valuable insights into good practice when engaging this important audience.

If you’re interested in finding a potential partner, you can:

  1. attend one of the events listed on the BBC Children in Need web pages
  2. join our Facebook group ( where you can connected with others.
Fri 11 January 2019, 09:44 | Tags: Faculty of Science

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