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Eligibility and judging criteria

Places of science provides grants of up to £3,500 to small museums, funding projects that tell the stories of science and scientists relevant to communities across the UK.

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Applying for this scheme

Applications are now open. 

Applications close on 16 February 2022 at 5pm.

We encourage all applicants to get in touch to discuss their ideas before submitting an application and members of the Public Engagement team are available for phone or video consultations at any point during the application process. To arrange a time to chat, please get in touch.

Please download and read the full scheme guidance (PDF) before applying.

Apply for this scheme on Flexi-Grant®

For full guidance, please refer to the scheme notes (PDF).

Who is eligible?

  • Institutions must have accredited or provisionally accredited museum status
  • Institutions must have fewer than 65,000 visitors, or turnover of less than £200,000, per year
  • Institutions must be in the United Kingdom
  • Institutions must have dedicated premises where activities can be held
  • Activities must be for a public, non-specialist audience
  • The project must commence before the end of August 2022

How will applications be judged? 

Applications are judged by the Places of science allocation panel, which is made up of museum and heritage professionals, historians and scientists.

We want to fund projects that

  • highlight the topics, stories and people that are relevant to your local community
  • present science in new and interesting ways
  • encourage participation and involvement of the local community
  • provoke curiosity, interest and enthusiasm among those that take part

We are particularly interested in projects that

  • explore the experiences of historically underrepresented people
  • are led by organisations that don’t normally feature scientific content
  • involve partners that can enhance the project’s outcomes, impact or quality
  • reach audiences who do not normally engage with science
  • enable possibilities for digital engagement, either as a main feature or as part of a contingency plan

Applications will be judged on their relevance and suitability, impact and significance, and planning and evaluation.

Relevance and suitability (40%)
The extent to which the project meets the scheme’s criteria.

Impact and significance (40%)
The effect of the project on the community, the museum and any partners and volunteers.

Planning and evaluation (20%)
The coherence and feasibility of the proposed timeline, budget and evaluation plan.

The panel will aim, where possible, to select a demographically, geographically and scientifically diverse range of projects.

Further information and enquiries
Please contact the Public Engagement team on publicengagement@royalsociety.org.

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