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The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Outreach Fund provides financial support to members, individuals and organisations in order to enable them to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.

Through the fund they aim to support projects that:

  • maximise RSC members' outreach and engagement contribution
  • offer teachers a range of effective curriculum-enriching activities and opportunities to further engage their students with outreach
  • provide hard-to-reach audiences with inspiring chemistry engagement opportunities, delivered or coordinated by skilled people
  • increase chemistry and chemists' influence in public discourse and decision-making in line with the findings of the Public Attitude to Chemistry research.

Criteria

All applications will be judged on the following criteria and should clearly demonstrate:

  • that the project has a significant aspect which is related to the chemical sciences
  • that the project has a clearly identified target audience
  • that the intended impact on the audience has been defined
  • that evaluation plans are built into the project

Applications for schools engagement activities should demonstrate how the proposed activities will:

  • enrich student's chemistry education and not solely deliver the curriculum 
  • provide students with opportunities to explore chemistry through local contexts, AND/OR
  • demonstrate career opportunities and develop employability skills, AND/OR
  • provide opportunities which would not normally be accessible to the students taking part, e.g for hard-to-reach student audiences.

Applications for public engagement activities should demonstrate how the proposed activities will:

  • increase chemists' visibility as approachable people AND/OR
  • increase the publics' confidence in discussing chemistry AND/OR
  • demonstrate the relevance of chemistry to everyday interests and concerns.

In addition, all projects involving member and volunteer engagement activities in order to deliver the schools or public engagement activities above, should also:

  • provide members with new opportunities to directly interact with the public
  • allow members to communicate chemistry, and their roles within chemistry, with passion.

The deadline is 12 noon on Monday 13 January 2020 for both large and small grants

Full information and application

 

 

The small grants scheme runs throughout the year with deadlines in May and September.