Public Engagement Funding Scheme

Europlanet Public Engagement Funding Scheme

Europlanet awards grants for projects to engage the public with planetary science. Through the funding scheme, Europlanet aims to encourage new ways of sharing planetary science with different kinds of audiences across Europe (and beyond) to create socially impactful initiatives that combine research, learning, innovation and social development.

The judging panel will be looking for projects that show innovative approaches to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), societal impact, a commitment to diversity and widening participation, and a potential for sustainability of the project in the medium and long term.

The Europlanet Public Engagement Funding Scheme is designed as a testbed, providing seed-funding for pilot studies that can be complemented with additional funding during the project implementation. Europlanet will encourage projects to share experiences and good practices with the wider outreach community e.g. via the network of Europlanet Regional Hubs, the Europlanet website and newsletters, and sessions at the Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC). Evaluation reports will be made accessible online.  

When to Apply for Funding

The 2021 call for the Europlanet Public Engagement Funding Scheme is now open. In the 2021 edition, grants of 1 000 – 5 000 Euros will be awarded.

How to Apply for Funding:

  • Fill in the online form. You can include additional information (4 pages maximum), such as illustrations or mock-ups, to help the Jury understand what your project will look like. 

Selection Criteria:

By setting up the funding scheme, Europlanet aims to:

  • Motivate and enable European planetary scientists to participate in and initiate outreach and education activities, and to find innovative ways of engaging and involving the public in planetary research and exploration.
  • Highlight planetary science and related fields as an attractive and attainable potential career for young people.
  • Encourage planetary scientists and engineers to build partnerships within communities and demonstrate the relevance of their research to different groups within society.
  • Create testbeds for outreach and education projects, whose results can be sustained, scaled and adapted to other places and situations inside or outside Europe.

The judging panel is therefore looking to support outreach and education projects that:

  • Include direct interaction between planetary science researchers and engineers and different stakeholder groups (e.g. educators, communicators, policy makers, local communities or entrepreneurs). 
  • Widen participation in planetary science by under-represented groups.
  • Promote equality, diversity, inclusiveness and accessibility.
  • Promote innovation in tools or resources for communication and/or education.
  • Build links with additional partners, networks and fields of study
  • Demonstrate sustainability and potential legacy.
  • Connect to Goals and Targets for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Show a potential scalability for wide European and/or international participation.
  • 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 Federica Duras, the Chair of the Europlanet Outreach Jury (federica.duras<at>

Funding Scheme Results 2020

The Europlanet Outreach Funding Scheme 2020 has awarded funding to four projects:

  • 8,000 Euros for “Amanar: A refuge in the Stars”, an outreach project to inspire the Sahrawi community through the wonders of our Universe and promote peace, mutual understanding and a sense of global citizenship under the same sky. The Amanar project is led by GalileoMobile.
  • 6,960 Euros for “Sense the Universe”, a project to create re-producable resources for home and school environments targeted at people with special educational needs (SEN). Sense the Universe is led by Cardiff University.
  • 5,000 Euros for MOMSTER: MObile Meteor STation for Education & outReach, a resource for STEM teachers in secondary schools to observe and to learn all about meteors and their impact on the Earth’s atmosphere and the planet. The MOMSTER project is led by the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB).

Find out more about projects funded in past rounds.