The following funding schemes are still available for IYA2009 projects in the UK.
Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) grants for IYA2009
Responding to the success of the Royal Astronomical Society’s grants programme for IYA2009, the Council of the Society has extended it into 2009. Grants are offered to organisations (astronomical societies, educational establishments, heritage organisations etc) who wish to run events, exhibitions or other activities as part of IYA2009, especially (but not limited to) the Cornerstone projects of special UK interest and especially (but not limited to) events taking place in the designated weeks. Grants may only be offered to projects registered with the UK Project Office; a Project Proposal Document is available from the UK Coordinator, Steve Owens (
or tel: 07717720479). (Applications for registration and an RAS grant may be made in parallel.) RAS will distribute the grants in response to applications received before 15 August 2009 (grants announced by 1 October 2009).
RAS will favour grant applications for activities taking place during Autumn MoonWatch (Saturday 24 October to Sunday 01 November (for public events) AND Thursday 19 November to Sunday 29 November 2009 (for schools projects)), and under the umbrella of the cornerstone projects on which the UK is particularly concentrating.
Applications should normally be for sums between £250 and £5,000. We will favour applications for amounts under £2000. Applications for amounts over £5,000 should address this point explicitly. Applicants should make clear, given that time is running out to put on an event between the grant decision and the end of IYA2009, how the event is going to be staged effectively.
Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) "Science in Society" funding schemes
The Science in Society programme Small Awards Scheme provides funds for small, local or 'pilot' projects promoting STFC science and technology.
The Science Centre Scheme is a funding scheme specifically for Science and Discovery Centres and Museums.
Deadlines for both will be announced shortly.
Institute of Physics in Scotland "Engaging the Public" grant scheme
The Institute of Physics in Scotland actively encourages its members and others to communicate exciting aspects and applications of physics to a wide audience. The Institute in Scotland’s grant scheme is designed to give financial support of up to £2,000 (under exceptional circumstances and with the appropriate justification additional financial support may be considered) to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities. Information and guidelines for making an application to the Institute of Physics in Scotland can be found here. If you do wish to make an application for grant, please complete this application form.
Practical support in terms of help, advice and selected resources is also available from the Physics in Society team, contact
or the Institute of Physics in Scotland Branch Committee who can be contacted via the national officer on