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Collaborative project funding

University physics departments can make an application for an annual collaborative project funded by The Ogden Trust.

This is an annual funding opportunity from The Ogden Trust for university physics outreach teams. We want to support universities to work collaboratively and carry out activities strategically together.

Examples of projects that might receive collaborative funding, could include: an existing programme that would expand to other outreach teams; or one that joins together parts of existing programmes to work across multiple institutions.

Collaborative project funding

Each year, one collaborative project will be awarded support for three years.

This funding is intended to be for a collaboration between university physics departments. Any university departments in Great Britain can apply as part of a collaboration. In a collaboration we would expect three or more of those involved to be English universities.

Although we recognise that physics is not always a separate department, all universities involved must have a physics undergraduate course. If you have significant physics research but no undergraduate course, please contact to discuss eligibility.

The lead applicant can be anyone within an eligible department. They can be academic staff, postgraduate student, professional staff, or technical staff, for example. Central university staff (for example from widening participation teams or public engagement) cannot be lead applicant but may be a co-applicant if appropriate.

  • The projects must be based on one of these three strategic themes:
    • Supporting undergraduate and postgraduate students to engage with schools
    • Supporting teachers
    • Repeat interventions with disadvantaged students
  • Applications should be from universities in Great Britain, must be supported by at least three universities based in England, and be from universities with a physics undergraduate course (universities who have strong physics research and no undergraduate course should contact to discuss)
  • Applications should have good supporting evidence to suggest the project will be impactful.
  • Projects should be sustainable beyond the funding by becoming embedded in core activity, replacing existing activities in the departmental budget.

What the project funding will include

  • Co-ordinator funding – in year one of the project £10,000, in year two £5,000. This funding could be for a single co-ordinator or split between two people. We wouldn’t expect to cover overheads.
  • Development funding – £4,000 across three years to develop the project and work up any necessary resources to a high standard. For example, purchasing equipment and resources, printing or design costs, payments to partners of community groups to support the project.
  • Training costs – £1,000 per year to put on training events for other universities to engage.
  • Evaluation costs – up to £10,000 will be available to spend on commissioning an external evaluator over the three years to assess the effectiveness of the programme. This would be commissioned directly by The Ogden Trust to evaluate the aims set out in your project application.


  • Applications for funding have now closed.
  • The first project will be funded from the academic year 2022-2023.

If you have any questions about this programme please email

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