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STFC offers up to £15,0000 support programmes of novel public engagement that focus on a topic within the council’s remit, which includes astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science and align to the science and technology work of the council’s national and international laboratories and facilities.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) are inviting applications to their public engagement Spark Awards.

They are looking to support projects that do one or more of the following:

  • deliver high-quality public engagement activities in the areas supported by STFC
  • introduce STFC science and technology to new audiences
  • highlight the achievements of STFC science and technology
  • demonstrate the value to the UK of science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • work with their public engagement and communication teams.

Spark Awards usually encourage ‘novel approaches’ to engagement and audiences. However, in light of restrictions arising from COVID-19, they are relaxing the requirement for ‘novelty’ in this round. 

Programmes must focus on areas within the remit of STFC, including:

  • astronomy
  • solar and planetary science
  • particle physics
  • particle astrophysics
  • cosmology
  • nuclear physics
  • accelerator science.

You must explain how your project aligns with their public engagement strategy.

In particular, they are seeking proposals in line with our Wonder initiative, which works with eight to 14-year-olds and their families in socioeconomically-deprived areas.

Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • track record in public engagement
  • links to STFC science and technology
  • alignment with STFC public engagement strategy
  • whether it takes a new approach to engagement or new audiences
  • clarity and appropriateness of the planned activities
  • suitable evaluation plan
  • suitable plan to publicise activities and outcomes to a wider audience
  • effective use of resources.

The deadline for applications is 4pm 28 April 2022.

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