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Reaction Awards are a mechanism to 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. Up to £5,000 is available.

Most commonly, Reaction Awards will focus around new discoveries in STFC’s research fields that generate significant public interest. A Reaction Award may also be appropriate when the awareness of the social, cultural, or economic impacts of STFC science and technology are significantly heightened due to an unanticipated external factor. The Reaction Award peer review system is explicitly asked to make a judgement on Reaction Award applications based upon the novelty and timeliness of the proposed project.

Irrespective of focus, Reaction Award applications will propose high quality and extremely timely programmes of public engagement that inspire and involve target audiences with stories of STFC science and technology.

STFC's goals:

  • Provide quick-response public engagement funding for timely projects focused on:
    • Unexpected and/or highly significant discoveries related to STFC’s science and technology remit
    • Significantly heightened awareness of the social, cultural, or economic impacts of STFC science and technology;
  • Highlight the achievements of STFC science and technology, demonstrating the excitement of research and the value of STEM to the UK.

STFC's expectations of our reaction award holders:

  • Deliver high-quality public engagement activities during the lifetime of the award
  • Champion STFC science and technology, including the impact of science and technology on society
  • Interact with STFC’s public engagement and communication teams, including participation in STFC networks and events, as required.


Full details on the STFC website.