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

The 2019 call for the Europlanet Funding Scheme is now closed. Details of any future call will be published on the Europlanet Society website.

How to Apply for Funding:

  • Download the application form from this page when the call opens.
  • 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.

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 Régis Courtin, the Chair of the Europlanet Outreach Jury (Regis.Courtin@obspm.fr).

Funding Scheme Results 2019

The Europlanet Outreach Funding Scheme 2019 has awarded funding to four projects:

  • 7,500 Euros for the development of “Help your Alien – A Solar System Game”, a board game for players aged 6-12 led by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço, Portugal.
  • 3,000 Euros for “Heritage in Space”, a project led by the Beyond the Earth Foundation, UK, to develop an online, pilot interactive platform for audiences across Europe to contribute their experiences, memories and contemporary observations of planetary spacecraft in order to collectively identify objects which possess intrinsic ‘space-heritage’ significance.
  • 6,000 Euros to develop a pilot episode of “Confessions of History… of science”, led by NCCR PlanetS, Bern University, Switzerland.
  • 3,500 Euros for the “Space Days 2019: Around the Moon” exhibition led by the Danish Astronautical Society, Denmark.

Find out more about these projects and those funded in past rounds.