Now open. Closing date 4pm Monday 28 September 2020.

About Ingenious

Ingenious is an awards scheme for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering while providing engineers with skills and opportunities in public engagement.

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

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

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 among people of all ages and backgrounds
  • provide opportunities for engineers to engage with members of the public from groups currently underrepresented in engineering

The Academy’s overarching goal for 2025 is to harness the power of engineering to build a sustainable society and an inclusive economy that works for everyone. We welcome projects that help us to achieve this. Read more in our strategy for 2020-2025


Ingenious has funded over 200 projects across the UK, providing opportunities for over 6,000 engineers to take part in public engagement activities, to gain skills in communication and to bring engineering to the centre of society.

Since 2010 we have tracked the long-term impact of Ingenious projects on the engineers who have taken part. Over 90% reported benefitting from participating in an Ingenious project, 67% had improved their communication skills and 37% gained new perspectives on their work. Other benefits include developing project management, budgeting and leadership skills.

“Public engagement isn't just a talk or a presentation it should always be ENGAGING.”

Ingenious engineer

“Engineering is not just about fixing, it can be about building and helping people and be inspiring.”

Ingenious participant

“A genuine benefit was the encouragement I got that the younger generation is jam packed with potential”

Ingenious engineer

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

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