We are looking to support projects that do one or more of the following:
- deliver high-quality 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 our public engagement and communication teams.
Programmes must focus on areas within the remit of STFC:
- solar and planetary science
- particle physics
- particle astrophysics
- nuclear physics
- accelerator science.
You must explain how your project aligns with our public engagement strategy (PDF, 1.1MB).
We are particularly seeking proposals in line with our Wonder initiative to work with 8-14-year-olds and their families in socioeconomically deprived areas.
Up to £15,000 is available to cover the full cost of projects lasting up to 36 months. Funding can be for a variety of things including:
- contributions to salary where the work would not be considered part of normal duties
- travel and subsistence.
We will typically only fund digital content that is part of a wider engagement programme. However, responses to recent coronavirus social distancing measures that are thoughtful and include two-way engagement are welcomed.
We have no capital budget for spark awards. Items of equipment costing less than £10,000 should be requested under the ‘other costs’ heading. You must show that any requests for equipment are essential for the project.
If you are requesting a spark award as a contribution to a larger programme, you should make this clear in your proposal. You should also make clear where additional funding for the programme is coming from.