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Public engagement

We want people to consider, question and debate the key issues in science and society, and so each year we offer up to £10 million - through our wide-ranging Engaging Science grants programme - to support projects that encourage people of all ages and from all walks of life to be informed, inspired and involved.

Whether you work in science, the arts, media or education, we want to hear your ideas for projects that build excitement and interest around science and society. We support projects in many different areas, including film-making, theatre productions, exhibitions, discussion and policy-influencing events and multimedia.

We also directly commission work and develop partnerships with other organisations to reach broader audiences and support innovative practice.

Science Learning+ Funds research exploring the impacts of informal STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) experiences.
Engagement Fellowships Support the most talented people in public engagement with biomedical science.
Arts Awards Support imaginative and experimental arts projects that create new artworks to investigate biomedical science.
International Engagement Awards Fund public engagement projects in low- and middle-income countries.
Broadcast, games and film awards Fund proposals from the entertainment industries (broadcast, games and film).
Science Journalism Studentships Offer financial support for students of the MA in Science Journalism at City University London.
Capital funding For large-scale projects that engage the public with science or make the history of medicine relevant to contemporary audiences.
People Awards and Society Awards Support projects that enable the public to explore biomedical science, its impact on society and culture, its historical roots and the ethical questions that it raises.
The Hub Award Project funding and a stimulating space for researchers and other creative minds.

Funded projects

Featured project ER Surgery Workshop Funded by a People Award, the ER Surgery Workshop was an event at the Edinburgh International Science Festival that allowed children to investigate and 'operate' on a range of diseased or injured manikin 'patients'.

See all funded projects
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