Public Engagement Large Awards Scheme

The 2016 round of the Public Engagement Large Awards Scheme is now open for applications to Stage 1. Applications can be accepted up to 4.00pm on Thursday 3rd November.

The Large Awards Scheme provides funds for projects which are expected to have a significant regional or national impact. We offer awards from £10,000 up to £100,000. Almost anyone can apply but project teams must have strong links with STFC's scientific research community. We also encourage partnerships that may positively impact on the success of the project e.g. universities with science centres.

Projects must be relevant to publicising engagement or teaching about the STFC science and technology areas, namely:

  • particle physics
  • nuclear physics
  • space, solar and planetary science
  • astronomy
  • astrophysics
  • cosmology
  • studying materials with muon and neutron sources
  • studying materials with synchrotron light sources
  • research using laser facilities
  • other science areas

To view a full list of successful awards please see previous winners below.

  • Bridget Holligan (Chair) - Science Oxford
  • Joanna Collingwood - University of Warwick
  • Tom Crick - Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Pete Edwards - University of Durham
  • Clare Harvey - The Royal Society
  • Paul Murdin - Royal Astronomical Society


How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through the RCUK Joint electronic submission (Je-S) (link opens in a new window) system. E-mailed or hard copy applications will not be accepted. Please see the notes for guidance for further information.

If you haven't submitted an application through the Je-S system before it is highly recommended that you liaise with the Je-S helpdesk to ensure your application is submitted on time.

Note for organisations that fall under the FEC Framework

The Large Awards Scheme falls under the Full Economic Costs (fEC) framework. Consequently FEC organisations can apply for a maximum of £125,000 under this scheme as the actual amount of money that can be provided by STFC under this scheme is £100,000 or 80% of £125,000.

To apply for a Large Award you must:

Successful applicants will be required to provide information via ResearchFish

Stage 2 information

If your application is successfully short listed you will be informed by email around the middle of December and will have to submit the stage 2 application form at the end January.

Your application will be peer reviewed and you will be asked to give a short presentation on your project to the Large Award Panel. This presentation meeting is planned for March 2017.

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Notes for guidance

Previous awards

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