Public Engagement Small Awards Scheme

The call for applications to the 2016B Small Awards round opened on Monday 5th September 2016. Applications will be accepted up to 4.00pm on Thursday 27th October 2016.

The Public Engagement Small Awards Scheme provides funds for small, local or 'pilot' projects promoting STFC science and technology. Anyone can apply, including grant-funded research groups, STFC research facility users, schools, museums, etc. Awards range from £500 to £10,000 and the expenditure can go towards materials, salaries and travel & subsistence.

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

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.

  • Dr Marek Kukula (Chair) - Royal Observatory Greenwich
  • Dr Pippa Goldschmidt - Writer
  • Professor Meghan Gray - University of Nottingham
  • Dr Stacey Habergham – Liverpool John Moores University
  • Ms Anita Heward - Freelance Outreach Officer
  • Professor David Jenkins - University of York
  • Professor Cristina Lazzeroni – University of Birmingham
  • Professor Becky Parker - Simon Langton Grammar School
  • Dr Victoria Pearson - Open University
  • Dr Marieke Royle – Mullion School

How to apply

To apply for a Small Award you must:



Can I apply for an Award, even though I'm not a scientist or teacher?

  • Anyone can apply for an Award, but you must be linked (or be prepared to link) with an organisation with audited accounts. The organisation will take financial responsibility for any Award. Applications must be relevant to publicising or teaching STFC's Science areas.

    Applicants must include a researcher within the project team. The researcher is expected to act as an advisor on current science and need not take an active part in delivering the project. If your team does not include a researcher, we will help you, if required, to identify a suitable person.

What is the maximum value of an award?

  • The largest amount is £15k. Organisations that are subject to the full economic costs framework should note that this scheme is exempt from fEC.

How soon will we know whether our application has been successful?

  • Applicants will be advised of the results via a Je-S system e-mail, usually within 12 weeks of the closing date.

Does the application have to be typed or done on a computer?

Can I apply for funding from STFC even though I have been promised money from other sources?

  • Yes, we encourage partnerships, however due to pressures on our funds; our judges are unlikely to recommend funding a project that would still go ahead without funding from STFC.

Can I apply to the scheme for funding to help us become a 'specialist school'?

  • No. It is outside our remit as a research council to fund the direct development of schools. However, if we were to award you funding for a specific project you may be able to count that funding towards part of your school's development, it would be up to you to decide.

If I do receive an Award, when will I get the money?

  • Payments are made in a series of scheduled payments, quarterly in arrears, once the offer has been accepted and the grant has started. The schedule of payments is included in the offer acceptance document that is accessed via Je-S. The final 20% of funding will be held back until receipt of the Final Expenditure Statement.

How should I report on the project?

Previous awards

Previous small awards

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