Funding for public engagement



Our mission is to use the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) science and technology as the basis of inspiring public engagement.

The STFC community plays a vital role in helping us reach new audiences. Our grant programmes support high-quality public engagement across the country and build community networks and partnerships to help raise standards of engagement.

Grants you can apply for

Public Engagement Spark Award

This opportunity is open to a wide range of organisations. You can apply if you’re a UK organisation with an annual financial report and accounts.

Your project must involve at least one researcher in an STFC-funded area.

Your project must focus on an area within the remit of STFC including:

  • astronomy
  • solar and planetary science
  • particle physics
  • particle astrophysics
  • cosmology
  • nuclear physics
  • accelerator science.

In particular, we’d like to fund projects that engage:

  • eight to 14-year-olds, and their families, from socioeconomically deprived areas
  • groups considered to have low science capital.

Projects can last up to three years.

Apply for a Public Engagement Spark Award

Engage the public with STFC’s science, technology and facilities: Nucleus Award

You can apply for funding to engage the public with STFC-supported science, technology or facilities.

You must work for an organisation that:

  • is based in the UK
  • has audited accounts.

Proposals must include a researcher in an STFC-funded area.

Apply for funding to engage the public with STFC’s science, technology and facilities.

Leaderships fellow in public engagement

Apply for a fellowship to increase capacity and capability within your organisation or community to engage the public with STFC-supported science, technology or facilities.

You must be:

  • from the academic, engineering or technical community
  • working within STFC’s remit
  • based at an eligible UK research organisation.

This award is annual and is currently closed for applications.

Improve public engagement in science and technology: legacy award

Apply for legacy award funding to continue your programme to improve public engagement in science and technology.

You must have previously received funding through STFC public engagement awards.

Your previous grant must have finished within the past 36 months.

Apply for legacy award funding.

Public Engagement Reaction Awards

This is an open funding opportunity that will fund quick-response public engagement programmes to:

  • respond to emergent scientific discoveries and advancements
  • deliver high-profile public engagement activities
  • champion STFC science and technology and its impact on society
  • interact with STFC’s public engagement and communication teams, including participation in STFC networks and events.

Apply for the Public Engagement Reaction Awards.

Before you apply

Ask the public engagement team for help before you submit your application.


Last updated: 31 March 2022

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