STFC Wonder Match

Supporting community organisations and scientists and engineers to collaborate.

Image credit: NNPA Cain Scrimgeour

Are you a scientist or engineer who has a hunger to share the wonder of their research with others?

Are you a community based organisation who is keen to support their members to engage with science and engineering?

This is your chance to collaborate and bid for up to £1,000 to help develop exciting engagement projects!

Wonder Match is the perfect opportunity for community organisations and researchers to meet together and develop ideas for engagement activities. Based on a highly effective approach, Wonder Match is a series of partnership-building events designed to support community organisations and researchers to work together to encourage diverse audiences to engage with science.

Brought to you by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the events provide an opportunity for community organisations supporting people in the 40% most deprived areas of the UK, and researchers in STFC related disciplines, to meet and develop project ideas together. 

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to network; share ideas; and explore potential partnership ideas together. You will also have the chance to bid for up to £1,000 to help develop your ideas and plans for working together further. We anticipate that partnerships formed at the event will also apply for funding from the STFC Spark Award. (Please note you can apply for STFC Spark funding without participating in the event.)

Upcoming events include East Midlands (Leicester, 8th October) and Scotland (Glasgow, 12th November.)

You can apply for these events below:

Apply for the East Midlands eventMonday 8th October, National Space Centre

Apply for the Scotland event - Monday 12th November, Glasgow Women's Library

Applications are not yet open for the North West and West Midland events, but you can register your interest for them and we will get in touch with further information. 

Please note: applications are welcome from anyone who works in STFC related disciplines, as well as anyone who is part of a community organisation such as a charity, social enterprise, educational or cultural organisation. If you are in any doubt whether you are eligible or have any other questions please contact