STEM funding

Here you'll find a range of funding opportunities available to support science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) public engagement activities. Many universities will also have internal funds you can access.
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Biochemical Society, Scientific Outreach Grants
The Society wishes to support scientific outreach activities that communicates the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community. Applications are invited for up to £1000 to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred (e.g. transport and teacher cover).

Black Environment Network, The Ethnic Minorities Award Scheme for Environmental Projects
Small grants are available to schools, community groups and individuals undertaking projects which concern the environment and involve people from ethnic communities.

British Ecological Society, Outreach Grants
These grants are designed to support the promotion of ecological science to a wider audience through the organisation of public events.

European Geosciences Union, Public Engagement Grants
Celebrating and recognising excellent science communication in the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The €1500 grants are awarded to EGU members interested in developing an outreach project that aims to raise awareness of geosciences outside the scientific community.

Institute of Physics, Public Engagement Grant Scheme
The scheme provides financial support to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland. The opening of the scheme has been delayed until January 2022.

Institute of Physics, Early Career Physics Communicator Award
The IOP Physics Communicators Group invites applications from people at the start of their careers in physics who have undertaken activities that support and encourage excellent communication of physics.

NERC: Engaging the public with environmental science
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are offering an annual funding opportunity to engage public groups with environmental science research. Individuals from research and non-research focused organisations can lead projects to develop new ways to engage the public with environmental science.

NERC: Arts-based public engagement with climate change
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are offering funding for a new collaborative public engagement partnership, as part of the ‘creative climate connections’ opportunity. The partnership is intended to engage members of the public with climate change research and related societal issues.

Nuffield Research Placements
The placements provide over 1,000 post-16 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

Royal Academy of Engineering, Ingenious
Ingenious is a grant scheme for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering. The grants prioritise projects that reach diverse and underrepresented audiences including communities in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the UK, and that engage with engineers and people of different genders, ages and ethnic backgrounds. Funding from £3,000 to £30,000 is available.

Royal Society of Biology, Public Engagement Grants
Individual members of the The Royal Society of Biology (RSB) around the world can apply directly for funding to help run an event or activity in their region.There are details of a range of public engagement grants related to different biological specialisms on the RSB webpage.

Royal Society of Chemistry, Outreach Fund
The Outreach Fund aims to encourage and support the development of projects that raise awareness of the place of chemistry in people's everyday lives, especially those not already interested in chemistry, and/or develop the science communication skills of people who are already highly trained in chemistry. Currently considering smaller grants on a monthly basis. 

Royal Society, Partnership Grants
Partnership Grants of up to £3000 are available to schools to enable students, aged 5 – 18, to carry out science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) projects. Additionally we are looking to support projects on computing and data science.

Science and Technology Facilities Council, Public Engagement funding
STFC offer a range of public engagement grant schemes.