Opportunities Calendar

Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Public Engagement Awards
Oct 1 all-day

Closing date for applications: 4pm, Monday 1 October 2018

Ingenious, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s public engagement grant scheme is now open for applications.

Apply now for funding for between £3,000 and £30,000.

If you or your colleagues have an imaginative idea that could help engineers to communicate their expertise and passion for engineering to a wider audience, the Academy wants to hear from you. You could be an engineer interested in running your own project, or a science or engineering public engagement professional keen to explore ways to provide public engagement training and opportunities.

Ingenious is an grant scheme for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering. Ingenious projects provide opportunities for engineers to take part in public engagement activities, to gain skills in communication and to bring engineering to the very centre of society.

Ingenious aims to:

  • inspire creative public engagement with engineering projects
  • motivate engineers to share their stories, passion and expertise with wider audiences and develop their communication and engagement skills
  • raise awareness of the diversity, nature and impact of engineering among people of all ages and backgrounds
  • provide opportunities for engineers to engage with members of the public from groups currently underrepresented in engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering prioritises projects that reach diverse and underrepresented audiences including communities in the top 25% most deprived neighbourhoods in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and that engage with engineers and people of different genders, ages and ethnic backgrounds.

The Academy welcome proposals from engineers, universities, science and engineering communicators and engagement professionals, colleges and schools.

Funding will be awarded in April 2019 with projects running from May 2019 to July 2020.


STFC Public Engagement Funding opportunities: Reaction Awards
Oct 3 all-day

The STFC Reaction Award https://stfc.ukri.org/public-engagement/public-engagement-grants/pe-funding-opportunities/pe-reaction-awards/ scheme is still open. The Reaction Awards scheme will allow the funding of public engagement programmes that are a fast response to new and/or unexpected significant developments related to STFC’s science and technology remit.

Applicants to The Reaction Awards Scheme are advised contact the Public Engagement Team STFCPublicEngagementTeam@stfc.ac.uk to discuss their Reaction Award application.

Proposed engagement programmes for Reaction Awards must clearly focus around the remit of the STFC science programme (astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science) or clearly and demonstrably align to the science and technology work of STFC’s national and international laboratories and facilities.

The Institute of Physics public engagement grant scheme is now open!
Oct 3 all-day

The Institute of Physics public engagement grant scheme is now open!

Our public engagement grant scheme now provides up to £3,000 to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland. We are looking to fund projects starting after February 2019 and finishing within a year.

To find out more about the scheme and to access guidelines on how to apply, visit the grant scheme webpage (http://www.iop.org/about/grants/outreach/page_38843.html).

Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 29 October.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or project eligibility, please check out our frequently asked questions (http://www.iop.org/about/grants/outreach/faqs/page_71995.html). Applicants are invited to talk to Emma Watson, Outreach Officer, before submitting their application. Emma can be reached by email to engagement@iop.org or by telephone on 020 7470 4822.

Information on the types of projects we have funded previously is available here (http://www.iop.org/about/grants/outreach/page_71797.html).

We wish you the best of luck with your application.

AHRC-ESRC-FCO Knowledge Exchange Fellowships 2019
Oct 31 all-day

The AHRC and ESRC have just launched a call for Knowledge Exchange Fellowships with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with deadline 31st October 2018.

Funding will be provided for two to four Fellowships to start from September 2019, working 0.6 to 0.8FTE for 24 months (salary covered according to FEC rules).

Eligibility: For the 2019-20 intake the call is open to all disciplines within the arts and humanities and social sciences, with expertise aligned to the following FCO Research Groups and Units:

  •  Africa Research Group,
  • Americas Research Group,
  •  Asia-Pacific Research Group (particularly applications focussed on China’s foreign policy),
  •  Eastern Research Group, (applications focussed on Russia),
  •  Europe Research Group,
  •  Middle East and North Africa Research Group (particularly on cross-regional socio-economic, demographic and environmental trends),
  •  National Security Research Group (particularly applications focussed on measuring the effectiveness of counter-terrorism interventions),
  •  South Asia and Afghanistan Research Group,
  •  Arms Control and Disarmament Research Unit (focussing on the history, development and implementation of arms control and armaments policies on chemical and biological weapons).

At the University of Edinburgh, colleagues in the CAHSS KE office are very happy to help with your application.


Nov 15 all-day



Applications open today (Tuesday, 13 November 2018) for the events and festivals sector across Scotland to apply to the
Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 Events Programme Open Fund.

2020 has been designated Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, a year that will spotlight, celebrate and promote opportunities to experience and enjoy Scotland’s unrivalled Coasts and Waters, encouraging responsible engagement and participation from the people of Scotland and our visitors. The delivery of an exciting programme of special events is an important part of the year.

A total Open Fund of £600,000 has been made available across two funding rounds. Applications for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are invited.

Round 1 is for events that are already in design and development where applicants should be in a position to be part of the first programme announcement planned for Spring 2019. The deadline for receipt of applications for Round 1 is 5pm Monday 14 January 2019.

Round 2 applicants should be in a position to be part of the Autumn 2019 programme announcement. The deadline for receipt of applications for
Round 2 is 5pm Friday 7 June 2019.

For more information on how to apply, please follow the link below to the EventScotland funding page where the Events Programme Open Fund Guidance and Criteria is available for download.

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Institute of Physics Public Engagement Grant Scheme
May 31 @ 5:00 pm

The Institute of Physics Public Engagement Grant Scheme is now open!!

The IOP public engagement grant scheme provides up to £3000 to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland.

The grant scheme has two rounds each year. Round 1 of the 2019 scheme is now open for applications received by 5pm on Friday 31 May 2019. You can find the application form and guidance here.

This grant is for projects taking place after 1 August 2019 and finishing before the end of July 2020.

We strongly recommend applicants get in touch with Paul Branch, coordinator of this round of the grant scheme, to discuss ideas and ask questions before submission. You can get in touch by emailing paul.branch@iop.org.

To find out more about projects we have previously funded please visit our website.



RCPath Public Engagement Innovation Grant scheme
Jun 3 @ 5:00 pm

The Royal College of Pathologists Public Engagement Innovation Grant scheme is now open and accepting applications until 3 June 2019. The scheme provides financial support for the delivery of pathology-related activities and events in the UK. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for individuals or organisations who wish to develop pathology-related public engagement activities or events.

To be eligible, proposed events and activities should:

  • include the involvement of pathologists and/or laboratory scientists as a key part of the activity (although to apply, you do not have to be a College member yourself).
  • be pathology-based and explore underlying concepts and issues, rather than just providing information.

If you have a great idea but don’t work in pathology or medicine, get in touch and we will do our best to link you up with a pathologist to work with on your grant application.

Find out more here: https://www.rcpath.org/discover-pathology/events-landing-page/funding-for-public-events.html