Public Engagement Grant Scheme

This scheme supports projects that:

  • raise public awareness of, and engagement with, contemporary physics.
  • inspire and enthuse public audiences, especially those not previously interested in physics.
  • reach adult and family audiences beyond the classroom.
  • develop the science communication skills of individuals, particularly physicists.

Applications for the next round of the Public Engagement Grant Scheme opens on Monday 27 April 2020. If you would like to discuss your application before this date please get in touch at

Who can apply

The scheme is open to individuals and organisations passionate about promoting engagement with physics. You might be:

  • an Institute member
  • a researcher in academia or industry
  • a museum
  • a community group
  • a not-for-profit organisation
  • an arts groups
  • a library
Public Engagement Grant

How much you can apply for

The minimum grant award is £500. You can apply for up to £3,000 to run physics-based events in the UK and Ireland.

How to apply

To hear when future rounds of the Public Engagement Grant Scheme open, and about other opportunities that might interest you, sign up to our mailing list.

If you have questions regarding your application or project idea check our FAQs page or contact to discuss your application or arrange a phone call.

A few of our recipients

  • “We are grateful to the Institute of Physics for providing us with an outreach grant, which will enable Family Action to pilot a wide range of fun, hands on and family friendly rocket themed fun days for vulnerable and low income families during the 2018 summer holidays.” Family Action, grant recipient 2018.
  • “Careers in both theatre and physics require an active imagination and a great deal of creativity. We are excited to work with the IOP to engage young people, and to make them aware of the exciting possibilities of careers in physics.” Smoking Apples Theatre Company, grant recipient 2018.
  • “In Wolverhampton, the IOP grants have been a huge success. They have enabled us to use physics learning opportunities to engage and also re-engage with marginalised men, women and young people across different ages, ethnicities and physical and mental health conditions.” BME Housing Consortium, grant recipient 2017, 2016, 2015.

To find out more about projects we've previously funded, read the summaries from previous years' successful applications:

More information


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