Public Engagement Funding Scheme

Europlanet Public Engagement Funding Scheme

Europlanet awards grants of between 5000 and 15 000 Euros to fund projects to engage the public with planetary science. Through the funding scheme, Europlanet aims to encourage new ways of bringing planetary science to audiences across Europe and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The judging panel will be looking for projects showing innovation, a potential legacy beyond the term of the funded project, the potential for wide European participation, the involvement of countries with recently-established planetary research programmes, or the opportunity to reach groups in deprived areas or areas remote from STEM activities.

Although Europlanet does not have large sums to allocate (up to 15 000 Euros per funding round), it hopes that the grant scheme will have a significant Europe-wide impact through the development of pilot activities or by providing seed-funding that could be matched by other funding bodies.

Through its outreach network, Europlanet encourages outreach providers to share lessons learned and best practice. The teams behind projects funded by Europlanet will be invited to share their experiences through Europlanet’s node newsletter, outreach website and the outreach sessions at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC). Evaluation reports will be made accessible online for the wider outreach community.

When to Apply for Funding

A call for funding opened on 20th October 2016 and will close on 31st January 2017.

How to Apply for Funding:

  • Download and fill in the form
  • You can include additional information, such as illustrations or mock-ups to help the Jury understand what your project will look like. However, your total submission including the form, should not be more than 10 pages.
  • Email your submission to Thierry Fouchet, Observatoire de Paris (Thierry.Fouchet@obspm.fr) before the closing date of 31 January 2017.

Selection Criteria:

  • Projects that include direct interaction with planetary science researchers are highly desirable.
  • Innovative projects and pilot schemes are encouraged.
  • The proposal should demonstrate the potential legacy, and highlight opportunities for wide European participation and the opportunity to reach groups in deprived areas or areas remote from STEM activities.
  • Proposals should demonstrate that the project team has the appropriate range of skills to carry out the project successfully. Plans should be realistic and clearly linked to the desired objectives.

Find Out More: 

Europlanet Funding Scheme FAQs

Europlanet Funding Scheme Case Studies

Contact: If you have any questions, please contact Thierry Fouchet, the Chair of the Europlanet Outreach Jury (Thierry.Fouchet@obspm.fr)

Funding Scheme Results 2016

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The “Planets in a Room” project, funded by Europlanet in 2016

Planets in a Room

Europlanet outreach funding in 2016 has been awarded to Speak Science for “Planets in a room”, a project to develop a simple, low-cost, self-build spherical monitor to display planets and planetary data, and a website for free dissemination of building instructions, planetary maps and other data. Find out more