The Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Sparks awards offer up to £15,000 to deliver public engagement that inspires and involves audiences with stories of STFC science and technology. Deadline 4pm Thursday 26 October.
These awards are especially suited for testing out fresh ideas and introducing STFC science to new audiences.
Not to be confused with the larger 'Nucleus Awards' that also aim to support capacity building and best practice sharing.
Proposed engagement programmes must focus around the remit of the STFC science programme (comprising astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science).
Applicants should make clear how their application relates to the aims of the STFC Public Engagement Strategy.
Applicants may choose which audiences to engage with and the methods of engagement. However, applications that propose engagement with audiences considered to have a low ‘science capital’ are encouraged. In addition, applications that highlight the social, ethical, and economic benefits of research are welcomed.
Before submitting your application you are encouraged to contact the STFC Public Engagement Team to discuss your ideas.
For full details and to apply visit the website: http://www.stfc.ac.uk/public-engagement/public-engagement-grants/pe-funding-opportunities/stfc-public-engagement-spark-awards/.
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