Public Engagement

Public Engagement

The Foundation supports institutions that are in possession of historic scientific collections with the aim of engaging the public in understanding science.

Our interest in the history of science complements our funding of both scientific research infrastructure and the humanities. Science plays a central role in modern life, and informed public debate on scientific issues is only possible if society has an interest in science and an adequate understanding of basic scientific principles. Engaging a wide audience with historic collections can help encourage interest in fundamental scientific issues – as well as in past and present scientific endeavour.

Grants are awarded towards new buildings, refurbishments and equipment with the aim of producing the following outcomes:

  1. Increased numbers of visitors and engagement of new audiences
  2. Improved educational experience and understanding of science
  3. Improved financial stability of the organisation


 A full list of exclusions can be found here.

Applications for this programme can be made via the link to the right.




Click below for our online
stage 1 application form

Please ensure you have first read the relevant programme section and general advice on applying, via the menus to the left.