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.
Applicants should use their Case for Support to 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.
Grants of up to £15,000 are available; there is no capital budget, items of equipment dedicated to the project and costing less than £10,000 should be requested under the ‘Other Costs’ heading. Expensive hardware or equipment will not be funded unless they can be shown to be intrinsic to the project.
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.
Before submitting an application applicants are encouraged to contact the Public Engagement Team to discuss your ideas.
The deadline to apply is 4pm on the 2nd May 2019.