The Royal Academy of Engineering (The Academy) is looking for imaginative ideas that help engineers communicate their expertise and enthusiasm for engineering to wider audiences.

The Academy has just opened the fourth funding round for Ingenious, its public engagement grants programme, and is inviting applications until 19 November 2009.

Lesley Paterson, Head of Public Engagement at the Academy said: “Ingenious funds creative ideas for projects which will inspire engineers to share their stories and passion for engineering and develop their communications skills. It also aims to create debate about the diversity of engineering and its impact on society.

“Whether you’re an engineer in academia or industry or from an organisation specialising in communication, education or the arts, we want to hear from you. ”

Since the launch of Ingenious in 2006, the Academy has invested over £1 million in 45 public engagement different projects.

To find out more visit which also contains new case studies of previous projects and mini-films to hear what engineers have to say about their projects and why they wanted to communicate their passion for engineering.

Two types of grant are available, from £3,000 to £30,000:

Public Engagement Grants challenge public engagement practitioners and engineers to communicate in new ways and provide engineers with practical experience of public engagement and/ or training to improve their skills.

Successful projects have included a photography competition from Engineers Without Borders UK and an adaptation of the Royal Institution’s established Mathematics Masterclasses into Engineering Masterclasses – as study workshops for teenagers which are developed and run by engineers.

Public Engagement Fellowships allow individual engineers to explore the societal, ethical or cultural impact of their field of work, broaden and strengthen their existing public engagement skills and knowledge, and raise their profile by reaching new audiences. Funding can cover salary, training courses and research costs.

This year’s Public Engagement Fellow was awarded to Dr David James, Sheffield Hallam University in April 2009, to explore the societal and ethical impact of sports engineering advances.

Applicants can download an application form from and are welcome to contact Lesley Paterson at the Academy to discuss their idea: Dr Lesley Paterson or on 020 7766 0684.

Successful applicants will be notified by April 2010.

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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or press enquiries should be directed to Dr Lesley Paterson , The Royal Academy of Engineering or on 020 7766 0684.