Public Engagement Grant Scheme

2022 deadline extended! You now have until 8:00am on Friday 8 July to apply.

This Limit Less grant scheme supports projects that:

  • deliver activities in locations or communities not commonly reached by physics engagement initiatives.
  • 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.

The 2022 round of the Public Engagement Grant Scheme (PEGS) has been updated to support our Limit Less campaign, which aims to encourage young people currently underrepresented in the physics community to carry on doing physics post 16.

The new framework for the grant scheme is informed by the learning we have all accrued over the last couple of years with respect to equality, diversity and inclusion, the digital divide, and personal wellbeing.

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Who can apply

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

  • a community group  
  • a not-for-profit organisation
  • an IOP member
  • a researcher in academia or industry
  • a museum
  • a library
  • an arts group

How much you can apply for

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

How to apply

Applications are open! The deadline for applications is now 8:00am on Friday 8 July 2022. No late submissions will be accepted. All applications are expected to be completed through our online form available below.

Apply now

Our help and guidance

The PEGS team consists of:

  • Dr Charlotte Thorley, external public engagement consultant
  • Imogen Small, IOP
  • Harry Tomlinson, IOP

You can reach us by email [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7470 4915. 

A few of our recipients

  • “We are grateful to the IOP 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.

More information

Email: [email protected]

Read our applicant guidelines (PDF, 62KB)

Check our FAQs page

Support young people to change the world

Limit Less is our campaign to support young people to change the world and fulfil their potential by doing physics