Ingenious is now open for applications and will close on 18 September 2017.


About Ingenious

Ingenious is an awards scheme for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering.

Ingenious has funded over 189 projects to date, providing opportunities for over 5,000 engineers to take part in public engagement activities, to gain skills in communication and to bring engineering to the very centre of society.

The Ingenious awards programme aims to:

  • Inspire creative public engagement with engineering projects
  • Motivate engineers to share their stories, passion and expertise with wider audiences and develop their communication and engagement skills
  • Raise awareness of the diversity, nature and impact of engineering amongst people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Provide opportunities for engineers to engage with members of the public from groups currently underrepresented in engineering

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

We prioritise projects that reach diverse and underrepresented audiences including communities in the top 25% most deprived neighbourhoods in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and that engage with engineers and publics of different genders, ages and ethnic backgrounds.

Ingenious is supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

“I am now more relaxed when it comes to public engagement. I am also much more aware of the kind of things that are important to communicate and the things that don't need to be communicated”

Ingenious engineer