Public Engagement Grant Scheme
This scheme supports projects that:
- raise public awareness of, and engagement with, contemporary physics.
- inspire and enthuse public audiences, especially those not previously interested in physics.
- reach adult and family audiences beyond the classroom.
- develop the science communication skills of individuals, particularly physicists.
Update on the IOP Public Engagement Grant Scheme – June 2021
The health and wellbeing of people, including organisers of and attendees to IOP and IOP-funded events across the UK and Ireland, is our number one priority. In light of the current and evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone the opening of IOP’s Public Engagement Grant Scheme until January 2022.
In the coming months we will be working to update the scheme and ensure that it is fully aligned with the Limit Less campaign, and the aims of our strategy.
We are very conscious of the time and effort applicants put into their applications, so to make sure that everyone has time to prepare, the full details of the scheme will be announced in the autumn with advice about eligibility and how to apply.
We will keep this page updated with any changes.
If you have any queries about this please contact [email protected].
Who can apply
The scheme is open to individuals and organisations passionate about promoting engagement with physics. You might be:
- an IOP member
- a researcher in academia or industry
- a museum
- a community group
- a not-for-profit organisation
- an arts group
- a library
How much you can apply for
The minimum grant award is £500. You can apply for up to £3,000 to run physics-based events in the UK and Ireland.
How to apply
To hear when future rounds of the Public Engagement Grant Scheme open, and about other opportunities that might interest you, sign up to our mailing list above.
A few of our recipients
- “We are grateful to the IOP for providing us with an outreach grant, which will enable Family Action to pilot a wide range of fun, hands-on and family-friendly, rocket-themed fun days for vulnerable and low-income families during the 2018 summer holidays.” Family Action, grant recipient 2018.
- “Careers in both theatre and physics require an active imagination and a great deal of creativity. We are excited to work with the IOP to engage young people, and to make them aware of the exciting possibilities of careers in physics.” Smoking Apples Theatre Company, grant recipient 2018.
- “In Wolverhampton, the IOP grants have been a huge success. They have enabled us to use physics learning opportunities to engage and also re-engage with marginalised men, women and young people across different ages, ethnicities and physical and mental health conditions.” BME Housing Consortium, grant recipient 2017, 2016, 2015.
To find out more about projects we've previously funded, read the summaries from previous years' successful applications:
- 2019 funded projects
- 2018 funded projects
- 2017 funded projects
- 2016 funded projects
- 2015 funded projects
- 2014 funded projects
- 2013 funded projects
- 2012 funded projects
- 2011 funded projects
- 2010 funded projects
- 2009 funded projects
- 2008 funded projects
- 2007 funded projects
- 2006 funded projects
Email: [email protected]
Read our applicant guidelines (PDF, 205KB)