STFC Wonder Match

Supporting community organisations and scientists and engineers to collaborate.

Image credit: NNPA Cain Scrimgeour

Are you a community based organisation who is keen to support their members to engage with science and engineering?

Are you a scientist or engineer who has a hunger to share the wonder of your research with others?

This is your chance to collaborate and bid for up to £1,000 to help develop exciting engagement projects!

Wonder Match is the perfect opportunity for community organisations and researchers to meet together and develop ideas for engagement activities. Based on a highly effective approach, Wonder Match is a series of partnership-building events designed to support community organisations and researchers to work together to encourage diverse audiences to engage with science.

Brought to you by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the events provide an opportunity for community organisations supporting people in the 40% most deprived areas of the UK, and researchers in STFC related disciplines, to meet and develop project ideas together. 

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to network; share ideas; and explore potential partnership ideas together. You will also have the chance to bid for up to £1,000 to help develop your ideas and plans for working together further. We anticipate that partnerships formed at the event will also apply for up to £15,000 funding from the STFC Spark Award. (Please note you can apply for STFC Spark funding without participating in the event.)

Applications for the Manchester event on Tuesday 8th of October 2019 and the London event on Thursday 14th of November 2019 have now closed.

The East Midlands Wonder Match event was held in Leicester on the 8th October 2018, and the Scotland event took place in Glasgow on Monday 12th November 2018.

Please note: applications are welcome from anyone who works in STFC related disciplines, as well as anyone who is part of a community organisation such as a charity, social enterprise, educational or cultural organisation. If you are in any doubt whether you are eligible or have any other questions please contact