Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) funding

by | Feb 10, 2022

Funding opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Black Environment Network – The Ethnic Minorities Award Scheme for Environmental Projects

Small grants are available to schools, community groups and individuals undertaking projects that concern the environment and involve people from ethnic communities.

Find out more on the Black Environment Network website.

British Ecological Society – Outreach Grants

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to increase public understanding of and engagement with ecology, stimulate discussion about ecology and its implications for society, and develop skills in communicating the science of ecology.

Find out more on the British Ecological Society website.

European Geosciences Union – Public Engagement Grants

These grants celebrate and recognise excellent science communication in the Earth, planetary and space sciences.

The €1,500 grants are awarded to EGU members interested in developing an outreach project that aims to raise awareness of geosciences outside the scientific community.

Find out more on the European Geosciences Union website.

IET – Engineering Education Grant Scheme

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme supports UK-based educational projects that increase engineering knowledge among young people aged 4 to 19. It also supports projects that improve wider understanding of engineering.

Awards of up to £5,000 (inclusive of any applicable VAT) are available for standard applications, and a small number of awards of up to £15,000 are available each year for projects that aim to make a bigger impact.

Find out more on the IET website.

Institute of Mathematics – Education Grant Scheme

The Institute of Mathematics is looking for grant applications for up to £600 to help with the costs of running or attending an educational activity relating to mathematics.

The aim of these grants is to support activities that will help increase the popularity of mathematics with learners and encourage the take up of mathematics post-16.

Find out more on the Institute of Mathematics website.

Institute of Physics – Public Engagement Grant Scheme

The scheme provides financial support to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland.

The opening of the scheme has been delayed until January 2022.

Find out more on the Institute of Physics website.

London Mathematical Society – Education grants

Grants of up to £800 are available for partial funding of events that stimulate interest and enable involvement in mathematics from Key Stage 1 (age 5+) to undergraduate level and beyond.

Find out more on the London Mathematical Society website.

NERC – Engaging the public with environmental science

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) offers an annual funding opportunity to engage public groups with environmental science research.

Individuals from research and non-research focused organisations can lead projects to develop new ways to engage the public with environmental science.

Find out more on the UKRI website.

Royal Academy of Engineering – Ingenious

Ingenious is a grant scheme for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering.

The grants prioritise projects that reach diverse and underrepresented audiences including communities in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the UK, and that engage with engineers and people of different genders, ages and ethnic backgrounds.

Funding from £3,000 to £30,000 is available.

Find out more on the Royal Academy of Engineering website.

Royal Astronomical Society – Education & Outreach Small Grants Scheme

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for a range of public outreach activities, including development of public events, training workshops, broadcasting or podcasting, and development of educational material.

Find out more on the Royal Astronomical Society website.

Royal Society of Chemistry – Inclusion & Diversity Fund

Our Inclusion and Diversity Fund provides financial support for innovative products, activities and research projects that promote inclusion and diversity in the chemical science community.

We will consider individual applications up to the value of £5,000. Funding greater than £5,000 may be considered for one project each year.

Find out more on the Royal Society of Chemistry website.

Royal Society of Chemistry – Outreach Fund

The Outreach Fund aims to encourage and support the development of projects that raise awareness of the place of chemistry in people’s everyday lives, especially those not already interested in chemistry, and/or develop the science communication skills of people who are already highly trained in chemistry.

The fund is currently considering smaller grants on a monthly basis.

Find out more on the Royal Society of Chemistry website.

Royal Society – Partnership Grants

Partnership Grants of up to £3,000 are available to schools to enable students aged 5 to 18 to carry out science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) projects.

Additionally, we are looking to support projects on computing and data science.

Find out more on the Royal Society website.

Royal Society – Public Engagement Funding

This scheme provides between £500 and £10,000 for Royal Society Research Fellows to create and lead public engagement projects.

We are particularly interested in projects that reach currently underrepresented audiences, encourage collaboration between science and the arts, or enable possibilities for digital engagement.

Find out more on the Royal Society website.

STFC – Public Engagement funding

We offer a range of grant schemes that are designed to allow our community to meet the aims of our public engagement strategy. Schemes include:

  • Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement;
  • Public Engagement Spark Awards (delivering new engagement activities and testing fresh approaches with audiences);
  • Public Engagement Nucleus Awards (building engagement networks and delivering national programmes of engagement);
  • Public Engagement Legacy Awards (supporting our most successful programmes to grow and evolve over time);
  • Public Engagement Reaction Awards (quickly responding to unexpected and engaging scientific developments);
  • School Grants Scheme (promoting physics and engineering in schools and colleges, in partnership with the IOP/IET).

Find out more on the UKRI website.