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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If you are aware of a funding source that we've missed, please let us know by emailing nccpe.enquiries@uwe.ac.uk.

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. Up to £2000 grants available. 

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 (IOP) Awards for Public Engagement 
The IOP Awards proudly reflect the wide variety of people, places, organisations and achievements that make physics such an exciting discipline. This includes several awards that recognise contributions to public engagement including: the Mary Somerville Medal and Prize for early career physicists; the Lise Meitner Medal and Prize for distinguished contributions to public engagement within physics' and the William Thompson, Lord Kelvin Medal and Prize for public engagement in physics. 

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.

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. Small grants (up to £5000) and large grants (up to £10,000) available monthly, throughout the year.

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. Applications open, various submission deadlines with final submission deadline by the end of November

Royal Society, Public Engagement Fund
This scheme provides between £500 and £10,000 for Royal Society Research Fellows to create and lead public engagement projects based on their research, and to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence.

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Public Engagement funding
STFC offer a range of grant schemes to support high-quality public engagement across the country:

  • Nucleus Awards - You can apply for funding to engage the public with STFC supported science, technology or facilities. Applicants must work for an organisation that is based in the UK and has audited accounts. Proposals must include a researcher in an STFC funded area. Closing date: 10th November at 4pm
  • Legacy Awards - You can apply for funding to continue your programme to improve public engagement in science and Technology. Applicants must have previously received funding through STFC public engagement awards. Closing date: 24th November at 4pm
  • Leadership Fellowships - You can apply for a fellowship to engage the public with STFC supported science, technology or facilities. Applicants must be from the academic, engineering or technical community, work within STFC’s remit and be based at an eligible UK research organisation. Closing date: 12th January 2023 at 4pm
  • Spark Awards - Up to £15K awards available to UK organisations who want to deliver high-quality public engagement activities that inspire new audiences to engage with science and technology. Call now closed.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Community Research Networks call
£500,000 funding is available from the UKRI for 20 collaborative projects to develop and sustain Community Research Networks, designed by community groups and partnerships that exist outside the current research and innovation system. The initial Expressions of Interest phase is now open.