Public engagement

The Institute of Physics in Wales actively encourages its members and others to communicate exciting aspects and applications of physics to a wide audience.

Institute of Physics in Wales funding opportunity
The Institute in Wales’s grant scheme is designed to give financial support of up to £1,000 to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in Wales. The main criteria for the awarding of a grant will be the benefit of the project / event to Wales. Practical support in terms of help and advice is available from the National Officer (Wales).

If you require the forms in a different format please e-mail

Completed forms should be submitted electronically to with the subject line ‘Application for IOPW Support’. Applications will not be acknowledged unless a receipt is specifically requested.

There are three closing dates during the year:

  • 31 January
  • 31 May
  • 30 September

Applications will be assessed by the Institute of Physics in Wales Committee. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail of the outcome within 6 weeks of the closing date.

Institute of Physics funding opportunities
The Institute of Physics has a public engagement grant scheme which provides up to £1000 to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in the UK and Ireland. If you would like to talk to a member of the Physics in Society team about the scheme or an idea for an application then email or telephone 020 7470 7800. You can also read about the projects funded in previous years - IOP's main website.

Research students wishing to attend conferences will not be funded through this scheme but can apply to the Research Student Conference Fund - IOP's main website.

Student societies that are affiliated to the Institute of Physics can apply to the Nexus Grants Scheme - IOP's main website

Schools applying for a project or event linked to the teaching or promotion of physics can apply to the IOP Schools Grant Scheme - IOP's main website.

External Funding opportunities
 The Welsh Assembly Government provides a small fund of money to help stimulate and support science, engineering and technology events and activities throughout Wales during National Science & Engineering week. The British Science Association is co-ordinating these awards. 

The Royal Society has funding opportunities for communicating science.

The Engineering and Physics Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) provides support for the research community interested in engaging with the public.

The Science and Technology Facilities Research Council (STFC) has funding for public engagement activities.

The Research Councils UK has details of funding on its public engagement pages.