SFI wants to help people to consider, question and debate the key issues in science and society. The purpose of the call is to support projects that encourage people of all ages and from all walks of life to be informed, inspired and involved in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
See highlights of some of the projects funded by SFI Discover in 2016:
The mission of the SFI Discover Programme is to catalyse, inspire and guide the best in STEM education and public engagement. In support of this mission the purpose of the SFI Discover Programme Call is to support and develop the STEM education and public engagement sector in Ireland by:
- Investing in developing and extending capacity in this area
- Exploring and encouraging novel means of public engagement and communications
The objectives of the SFI Discover Programme call is to:
- Stimulate interest, excitement and debate about STEM through various methods
- Support formal and informal learning within STEM
- Promote awareness and understanding of the importance and relevance of STEM to everyday life, reaching new audiences not normally engaged with STEM, as well as continuing to target existing audiences
- Encourage new ways of thinking about STEM
- Encourage high quality inter-disciplinary practice and collaborative partnerships
- Investigate and test new methods of engagement, participation and education
- Leverage, support and broaden, where possible, existing programmes
Applications are open to a wide range of people and organisations, including science communicators; STEM festival organisers; science centres, museums, artists; educators; professionals and academics in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM); arts agencies; production companies; schools; local authorities (libraries, city/county councils etc.); universities and colleges; youth clubs; community groups; and research institutes.
Partnership projects (between different people and organisations, e.g. scientists and ethicists, educators and artists) are welcomed. Applicants are required to apply through an organisation, such as an academic institution, charitable body, not-for-profit organisation or commercial company.