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Applications are now open for the new collaborative funding award for physics outreach.

Published: 11 February 2022

The Trust has launched a new funding opportunity for university physics outreach teams, designed to support universities to work collaboratively and carry out activities strategically together.

One collaborative project funding award will be made each year and will provide three years of funding. Applications are now open for 2022.

In the first year, £10,000 of funding is available; with a further £5,000 in year two. Additional funding of £5,000 will be available across the three years for development and training costs; in addition, the Ogden Trust will also commission evaluation of the project up to £10,000.

The funding is intended to be for a collaboration between university physics departments and should be used to ensure a project will be impactful and sustainable. Projects must be based on one of the Trust’s three strategic themes for outreach and engagement: they should support undergraduate and postgraduate students to engage with schools; support teachers; or offer repeat interventions with disadvantaged students.

“We have worked closely with university physics departments for many years now,” explains Programme Officer Adam Boal. “Experience, and research, has shown us that collaborative working and a more strategic, long-term approach to outreach can produce meaningful change. We hope this funding approach will support and develop significant initiatives over the coming years, that will make a real difference to the physics education landscape.”

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“We want to ensure physics opportunities for all; we want to take physics beyond the classroom; and we want to give an insight into the real-world application of science. We believe that the university physics outreach community can help us deliver this through inspirational, well-funded, outreach initiatives. We are excited to launch our collaborative funding programme and look forward to seeing the applications,” concludes Adam.

Applications for the first round of funding are open now and will close on 13 May 2022.

The first project will be funded from the academic year 2022-2023. Please visit our collaborative funding page to find out more about the funding criteria and how to apply.

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