The Royal Academy of Engineering is offering up to £30,000 funding for creative projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering.

Grants are available as part of the Ingenious public engagement scheme, the latest round of which opens for applications today. The scheme is looking to fund projects that reach diverse and under-served audiences across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and connect members of the public, of any age, with engineers and tell the story of the wide range of UK engineering.

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Since 2007, over 200 projects have been funded as part of the Ingenious programme, reaching more than 2.5 million members of the public. Recent projects have included hands-on festival workshops, online competitions for schoolchildren, and the development of new films telling the story of the country’s engineering pioneers. For this round, the Academy is seeking even more creative and imaginative ideas for projects to run from 2018.

Funding of between £3,000 and £30,000 is available for projects 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 under-represented in engineering

Engineer and broadcaster Professor Mark Miodownik FREng, who chairs the Ingenious panel, said: “Whether it’s a preschool class in Armagh or a group of retirees in Aberdeen, there are so many opportunities out there for UK engineers to share their fantastic work and engage with the great British public. Now all we need is a load of creative project ideas! I’m hoping we get flooded with applications from engineers, universities, schools, artists, writers, engagement professionals and anyone else with a creative idea to connect whole new groups of people with the diverse world of engineering.”

Ingenious projects are intended to leave a lasting legacy by training and equipping the engineers who take part with new engagement skills, so that they can continue to work with the public long after the projects have been completed. Over 5,000 engineers have taken part in Ingenious projects to date, and after the latest round almost three quarters went on to participate in new public engagement opportunities afterwards.

Applications are welcome from creative or public engagement professionals exploring ways to provide training and opportunities for engineers, or from engineers themselves who wish to engage new groups of people with their work.

Priority will be given to projects that reach diverse and under-represented audiences, including communities in deprived parts of  the country, and that engage with engineers and publics of different genders, ages and ethnic backgrounds.

Applications for the scheme are now open, closing at 4pm on Monday 18 September 2017.

Notes for editors

  1. Ingenious is an awards scheme, run by the Royal Academy of Engineering, for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering. The scheme is supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

    The Ingenious 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

    Ingenious has funded over 200 projects to date, providing opportunities for more than 5,000 engineers to take part in public engagement activities, to gain skills in communication and to help bring engineering to the very centre of society. Ingenious projects have reached over 2.5 million members of the public.

    More information: Ingenious
  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession
  3. For more information on how to apply contact Marianne Jamieson at the Royal Academy of Engineering
    E: marianne.jamieson@raeng.org.uk
    T: 020 7766 0683.