The role of the Panel is to select the projects from among the applications that best fit the scheme guidelines and are deemed to be of the highest quality.
The panel will use the following guidelines to judge submitted applications.
All funded projects should:
- Be based on Royal Society-funded research
- Involve scientists interacting with a public group outside their institution
- Target specific audiences based on the aims and rationale of the project
- Encourage open dialogue and two-way communication
- Maximise benefit for all participants
We are particularly interested in projects that:
- Reach people that are currently underrepresented in the Society's public engagement work, including:
- Those from economically disadvantaged populations
- Those from geographically remote locations
- Those without a science degree
- Encourage collaboration between science and the arts.
Applications will be judged and scored on the quality, deliverability and impact of the applications.
This will be considered in terms of how strongly the project aligns with the scheme’s criteria. For example, does the project have a clear purpose and appropriate aims? Does it target a specific and appropriate public? Does the idea generate mutual benefit for the public and scientists involved?
This is about whether the plan is feasible in the timeframe and with the money requested, as well as whether there is sufficient support and expertise to deliver the project.
This will be considered both with respect to the public and the research fellow(s) involved. For example, what will change as a result of the project? Will the research fellows gain new skills, awareness or knowledge? Will the public be empowered, inspired or more aware of issues that affect them?
The panel will also consider whether all the costs are sufficiently justified, and whether the project has a high likelihood of going ahead without the funding.