The Science and Technology Facilities (STFC) Council has announced that its Public Engagement Spark Awards will re-open for applications on the 28th February 2018. Awards of up to £15,000 will be available to schools as well as STFC scientists and engineers, facility users, museums, science communicators, and amateur astronomy groups to:
- Encourage and support novel, high-quality public engagement activities that highlight STFC’s science and technology;
- Introduce STFC science and technology to new audiences;
- Highlight the achievements of STFC science and technology, demonstrating the excitement of research and the value of STEM to the UK.
Every application must include a researcher in an STFC-funded area of science or technology. While these researchers often play an active role in delivering the engagement activities, this is not mandatory – they may act as an advisor on the scientific content.