Grants for science

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 07:28 Written by Ed Beckmann Monday, 6 February 2012 03:23

Engaging in Science

Wellcome science funding exhibition

Extract from the Wellcome Trust website

The Wellcome Trust wants people to consider, question and debate the key issues in science and society, and so each year offers over £3 million – through a wide-ranging Engaging Science grants programme – to support projects that encourage people of all ages and from all walks of life to be informed, inspired and involved.

Whether you work in science, the arts, media or education, they want to hear your ideas for projects that build excitement and interest around science and society. They support projects in many different areas, including film-making, theatre productions, exhibitions, discussion and policy-influencing events and multimedia.

They also directly commission work and develop partnerships with other organisations to reach broader audiences and support innovative practice.

Useful resources

Follow this link to find out more about funding for engaging people in science.

Inspirational book about learning –The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education

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Grants for Endangered Species

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 07:28 Written by Ed Beckmann Thursday, 2 February 2012 09:23

Worldwide Grants from the People’s Trust for Endangered Species

From the People’s Trust for Endangered Species website

The Trust has awarded grants to scientific researchers and conservationists for many years for work that is aimed at the preservation of endangered species, either through research or practical field work. Please take a look at the project examples on the website.

They only accept grant requests from applicants already working and established in either the UK, UK overseas territories or any country NOT classified by the World Bank as high-income. Please go to the World Bank web page to check if your country applies.

They are accepting final applications for conservation and research work on IUCN classified species. The grants system has been revised and we are currently offering the following types of grant:

worldwide small grants programme

The worldwide small grants programme offers a number of small grants for short-term conservation and research projects. The programme offers grants between £2,000 and £8,000 for projects of up to two years duration. Most grants will not exceed £5,000. These competitive grants are from a limited central fund and are awarded twice yearly. It is hoped that these grants will enable innovative work and discreet projects to be carried out. The next deadline will be Friday 10th February 2012 and will be assessed at a meeting in April – date to be confirmed. All applications will be acknowledged within two weeks of being received.

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Guidance on how to apply for a grant at

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Looking for grants – 10 key questions

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 07:28 Written by Ed Beckmann Friday, 27 January 2012 11:08

10 Questions to Ask Before you Apply for Funding

Taken from an article by Funding Central

When a funding opportunity presents itself, it is tempting to go for it even if it isn’t quite right. But it takes a huge amount of resources to apply for grants. If we chased every opportunity, we would waste time and money we could better spend elsewhere and wouldn’t do justice to those opportunities which are most important. So resist doing what you can get a grant for and make a plan, which you could slightly adapt tot suit the needs of grant funders. As soon as your idea begins to lose its value by fitting a grant – stick with your idea first.

The most important decision we have to make when looking at opportunities is whether to apply or not. In his acclaimed book Good to Great and the Social Sectors (Random House, 2006) business-guru Jim Collins outlines the Hedgehog Concept: The essence of the Hedgehog Concept is to attain piercing clarity about how to produce the best long-term results, and then exercising the relentless discipline to say “No thank you” to opportunities that fail the hedgehog test.’ He goes on to say there are three main elements underpinning that decision about when to say “no”: what you are deeply passionate about what your are best in the world at, and what makes best sense financially. Only you can make that decision – but we have outlined 10 questions you can ask yourself (and your colleagues) before applying for any grant (or contract) which might help you reach a decision.

Download a pdf of the full article and 10 key questions here – there is no charge or need to signup

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