The Institute of Physics (IOP) provides grants of between £500 and £4,000 to individuals and organisation in the UK and Ireland that are ‘passionate about promoting engagement with physics’.

Community groups, not-for-profit organisations, museums, libraries, arts groups, researchers in academia or industry who have a physics-based activity can apply.

The IOP is looking for projects which showcase physics and physicists as role models, so those from underserved and underrepresented communities can see themselves reflected in those roles, see the diverse career paths provided by physics and the breadth of roles within the physics community.

To be eligible, projects must:

  • Present physics content in a clear and accurate way.
  • Target audiences who are underrepresented in the physics community. Priority is given to families with young people under the age of 16 years who identify with one or more of the following:
    • Girls and young women
    • Disabled young people
    • LGBT+ young people
    • Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
    • Black Caribbean young people
  • Finish within one year.

Project delivery must start before 24 December 2024 and be completed by 28 February 2025.

There is no list of what might be covered under expenses, resources or accommodation. As the scheme is aimed at reaching underserved groups, IOP wants to make sure groups can fund the things they need to make their project work. As long as an expense can be justified, it will be considered.

The deadline for applications is 6 September 2024 (17:00).