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IOP Public Engagement Grant Scheme – One More Month to Apply


28 February 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding for individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland that improve people’s relationship with physics in their family or community groups.

The Institute of Physics (IOP) provides grants for physics engagement projects that align with IOP’s Limit Less campaign. The framework for the 2023 grant scheme is informed by the learning accrued over the last couple of years with respect to equality, diversity and inclusion, the digital divide, and personal wellbeing.

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 will support projects starting before 2 October 2023 and completed by 22 December 2023 that:

  • Target the audiences prioritised by the IOP’s Limit Less campaign - families with young people under the age of 16 that identify with one or more of the following groups:
    • Girls and young women
    • Disabled young people
    • LGBT+ young people
    • Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
    • Black Caribbean young people.
  • Develop relationships between physics and public participants to grow beyond initial contact.
  • Reinforce messages being delivered by existing engagement schemes by adapting to new locations, communities or circumstances.
  • Build strong relationships between physics, physicists and diverse communities through co-developed and delivered engagement projects.

There is no list of what might be covered under expenses, resources or accommodation. As the scheme is aimed at reaching underserved groups, IOP wants to make sure groups can fund the things they need to make their project work. As long as an expense can be justified, it will be considered.

Applications will be accepted from individuals and organisations across the UK and Ireland, including but not limited to community groups, not-for-profit organisations, IOP members, museums, libraries, arts groups and researchers in academia or industry. Applications will also be considered from self-employed and freelance science communicators, artists, and content producers.

The deadline for applications has been changed from the previously reported 27 February to 24 March 2023 (5pm).


How To Apply

The 2023 grant scheme is now accepting applications.

Guidelines, frequently asked questions and the online application form can be found on the IOP website.


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