The Royal Academy of Engineering has opened up the latest round of its Ingenious awards scheme, with funding of up to £30,000 available for groups, individuals or organisations who have a bright idea for engaging the public with engineers and engineering.

This year the Academy aims to fund its 200th Ingenious project as part of a range of activities across the length and breadth of the UK, introducing people to engineers and inspiring people with the variety of work they do.

Ten previous rounds of Ingenious grants have engaged the public in 189 projects involving over 2,000 engineers, with recent awards including activities as diverse as hackathons, photo competitions, and hands-on workshops with robotic hearts. The latest funding opportunity is again open both to engineers with a creative idea to share their work, and to others who have a project in mind that will involve engineers sharing their expertise and passion for the subject.

By developing engineers’ communication skills and confidence, the scheme also aims to create a lasting legacy, sowing the seed for further creative engagement in the future. Results from the latest survey of engineers who participated in Ingenious projects showed that, while 46% had no prior public engagement experience, almost 70% had gone on to participate in additional public engagement activities after taking part in the scheme.

Engineer and broadcaster Professor Mark Miodownik FREng, who chairs the Ingenious panel, said: “Engineering is a people subject, so whether it’s by supporting community groups exploring their local engineering history or inspiring school children to become the creators and innovators of tomorrow, Ingenious provides a fantastic opportunity for people to engage with the subject. I’m looking forward to seeing what creative ideas get submitted as we help engineers to develop their skills and try something new.”

Ingenious projects should:

  • inspire creative public engagement with engineering
  • stimulate engineers to share their stories, passion and expertise in innovative ways with wider audiences
  • develop engineers' communication and engagement skills
  • create debate between engineers and people of all ages to raise awareness of the diversity, nature and impact of engineering.

Proposals for between £3,000 and £30,000 funding are now being invited, to be submitted before the closing date of Monday 17 October. Applications are welcome for projects covering any engineering discipline.

More information, including details of previous projects, can be found at the Ingenious web pages:

Ingenious awards scheme

Notes for editors

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

For more information please contact:

Aaron Boardley at the Royal Academy of Engineering
T: 020 7766 0655
Aaron Boardley