What type of projects do you fund?

What type of audiences should I engage?

What type of engineering does Ingenious cover?

How many engineers should I involve in my project?

What type of engineers should I involve in my project?

How can I find/recruit engineers?

Should I pay participating engineers?

When should my project start/end?

Can I pay for salary costs?

How should I evaluate my project?

I am an individual or sole trader, can I apply?

I would like to apply for Ingenious funding as part of a larger project, is this allowed?

What is the assessment process?

Will I get the chance to respond to reviewers’ comments?

Can I resubmit an unsuccessful application?

I am a previous Ingenious awardee. Is there a scheme available for continuation funds?

Can you change the award conditions so that my organisation is able to sign up to them?

Can you read over my application before I submit?

Where is the application form? Should I email you my submission?

Further information

 

What type of projects do you fund?

Ingenious funds a variety of projects, ranging from after-school workshops to collaborations between artists and engineers to engage adults. All projects engage the public with engineering while giving engineers skills and opportunities in public engagement.

Participating engineers are at the heart of all Ingenious projects. A key aim of the scheme is to build a community of engineers who have the skills and enthusiasm to continue to take part in such activities beyond the lifetime of any individual project.

We welcome tried and tested formats as well as brand new, innovative public engagement ideas. Case studies and a full list of projects funded through Ingenious can be found on our website.

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What type of audiences should I engage?

Ingenious supports engagement with the public in the widest sense. Projects may target audiences that include students, adults, families or policy makers.

We are interested in 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.

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What type of engineering does Ingenious cover?

Ingenious aims to engage the public with a wide range of engineering disciplines and is keen to celebrate the diversity of engineering. However, if you are unsure whether your project can be classified as engineering please contact the office on the details provided below.

Ingenious is a grant scheme for projects about engineering, not science. Engineering content should be explicit in your application and well as in intended project activities.

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How many engineers should I involve in my project?

The number of engineers you choose to recruit and involve in your project will depend on the project’s size and format. Some Ingenious projects recruit a large number of engineers with a lighter level of engagement, while others offer a small number of engineers opportunities to become involved in public engagement at a much deeper level.

We encourage applicants to be realistic about the numbers of engineers they are able to recruit, as well as the amount of time they expect engineers to dedicate to their projects. Projects often find recruiting engineers to be a challenging aspect of their project and it is essential to have strategies in place for recruitment or links to engineers in industry or academia before submission.

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What type of engineers should I involve in my project?

The engineers involved in the project must be based in and studying or employed in the UK. They must be graduate level or equivalent and above (including those at senior level) and can be from academia, industry or the public sector. Engineers may also be apprentices and engineering technicians. Applications which only engage undergraduate engineers are ineligible for Ingenious.

We are keen to encourage the participation of engineers that are new to public engagement, or who have little experience in the area. While engineers who are experienced in public engagement are welcome, we would encourage you to think about how you can offer them new experiences or build on their existing skills.

The Academy is committed to diversity and it welcomes applications that engage with engineers and publics of different genders, ages and ethnic backgrounds.

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How can I find/recruit engineers?

Every project will have different strategies for recruiting engineers; however, a good start would be to get in touch with universities in your area, local engineering companies, engineering institutions, STEM ambassadors and local interest groups.

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Should I pay participating engineers?

Ingenious aims to foster a community of engineers who value the benefits of public engagement in itself, including improved communication skills, a new outlook on their work, and the opportunity to debate and discuss with wider society.

As many universities, businesses and those in the industry are keen to raise awareness of engineering and change the current misperceptions, we would like to encourage employers to enable their engineers to take part in such activities. The main objective of Ingenious is for engineers to gain public engagement skills (for example, communication, listening, debating and presenting skills). This is a development opportunity that can contribute to their success as an engineer in the workplace. As such we would encourage projects not to pay engineers for their participation where possible, but to certainly cover participants’ expenses.

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When should my project start/end?

The current funding period will support projects that take place between 1 May 2018 and 31 July 2019. Project development may begin from 1 April 2018 but delivery of project activities should only commence from 1 May 2018.

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Can I pay for salary costs?

Costs can include salary and consultancy costs for the project delivery team, public engagement activity costs, materials, travel, participating engineers’ expenses and subsistence. Salary costs for academics will only be paid if a full-time salary is not already in place. However, Ingenious funding can be used to cover the costs of staff needed to replace those who are taking part in project activities.

Please note these awards are not calculated on the basis of full economic costing.

Further details on allowable costs are given in the guidance notes.

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How should I evaluate my project?

As part of the award conditions, all successful applicants are required to attend an evaluation workshop before commencing their project where we will discuss evaluation in further detail. However, we would like to know your initial plans for evaluation at the submission stage. Further information about evaluation can be found on our website.

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I am an individual or sole trader, can I apply?

Due to the way the award finances are managed, individuals cannot submit an application for Ingenious as the lead applicant. We would encourage individuals to partner with an organisation that can act as the lead applicant and are able to sign up to the award conditions.

Sole traders are welcome to apply for Ingenious, but should ensure they are able to sign up to the Ingenious award conditions before submitting an application.

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I would like to apply for Ingenious funding as part of a larger project, is this allowed?

We welcome applications where Ingenious funding would make up a proportion of overall funding. However, for applications of this type we ask applicants to be clear about what parts of the project will be funded by Ingenious and what added-value this would bring to the project. All aspects of the project that are to be funded by Ingenious should fulfil the aims of the Ingenious scheme as given on the eligibility pages. We also require a contingency plan should additional or partnership funding not be secured.

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What is the assessment process?

The assessment process is as follows:

September 2017 Ingenious application deadline
September Eligibility check
September - November 2017 Applications that pass the eligibility check are sent for external review
December 2017 Applicants respond to external reviewer comments
January 2018 Ingenious panel meeting
March 2018 Funding decisions announced

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Will I get the chance to respond to reviewers’ comments?

Applications that pass the eligibility check will be sent for external review. Comments from external reviewers are anonymised and passed back to the applicant who will have an opportunity to reply before the funding panel meeting takes place.

Applicants whose applications do not pass the eligibility check will be notified and feedback provided.

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Can I resubmit an unsuccessful application?

We do not accept resubmissions of previously unsuccessful applications unless you have been expressly invited to do so. Projects that have been substantially changed may be considered, but we recommend that you contact the office in the first instance. However we always welcome new project ideas from previous applicants.

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I am a previous Ingenious awardee. Is there a scheme available for continuation funds?

We do not currently offer a scheme for previous or current awardees to apply for continuation funds. However, you are welcome to submit an application through the standard Ingenious awards scheme. If you have been previously awarded Ingenious funding, the new application should show evidence of learning from the previous project, as well as demonstrating that the project has evolved from its previous or original version.

Please note that we will prioritise new ideas and projects with the aim of building UK capacity in this area. Long term projects requiring recurring annual funding that have already been funded once by Ingenious are expected to seek alternative sources of funding to sustain them and should not reapply.

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Can you change the award conditions so that my organisation is able to sign up to them?

All applicants are required to ensure that they are able to sign up to the Ingenious award conditions before application. We are unable to amend the grant conditions for individual projects.

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Can you read over my application before I submit?

The Academy is unable to read over individual applications before submission. However if you would like some broad guidance on your project idea to determine whether it is eligible please contact the office on the details provided below.

Please note that awarding decisions are made by an independent panel of Academy Fellows and public engagement professionals and as such Academy staff are unable to say whether your idea will be funded or not.

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Where is the application form? Should I email you my submission?

We no longer use downloadable application forms. All applications for Ingenious should now be submitted via the online grant system.

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Further information

For further information please email Marianne Jamieson or call 020 7766 0683.

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