The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has launched the new Spark Awards scheme aimed at supporting high quality programmes of novel public engagement that inspire and involve audiences with stories of STFC science and technology. Grants of up to £15k are available.
The scheme replaces the STFC’s Small Awards Scheme.
Proposed engagement programmes must focus around the remit of the STFC science programme (comprising astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science). Applicants should make clear how their application relates to the aims of the STFC Public Engagement Strategy.
Applicants may choose which audiences to engage with and the methods of engagement. However, we encourage applications that propose engagement with audiences considered to have a low ‘science capital’. In addition, applications that highlight the social, ethical, and economic benefits of research are welcomed.
The 2017A call for STFC Public Engagement Spark Awards is now open for applications. The call for proposals closes at 16:00 on 27 April 2017.
Before submitting your application you are encouraged to contact the Public Engagement Team to discuss your ideas.