The Science & Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Spark Awards fund high quality programmes of novel public engagement that inspire and involve target audiences with stories of STFC science and technology. Funded activities will clearly focus around the remit of the STFC science programme (astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science) or clearly and demonstrably align to the science and technology work of STFC’s national and international laboratories and facilities.
In particular the STFC want to encourage applications that:
- 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
Applicants should clearly explain how their Spark Award furthers the aims of the STFC Public Engagement Strategy.
Applications that highlight the social, ethical, and economic benefits of research are welcomed.
Applicants are encouraged to propose novel or innovative approaches towards engagement as part of their Spark Award, as long as these are demonstrably well-planned.
Almost anyone can apply for a Spark Award, including grant funded researchers, STFC scientists and engineers, facility users, schools, museums, science communicators, and amateur astronomy groups.
The Awards open on Monday 10th September 2018 and the deadline to apply is 4pm, 25th October 2018