Inspiring Science Fund

The Inspiring Science Fund supports science centres across the UK. It's a capital fund that helps centres rethink what they do and what they offer to the public. 

The scheme is co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Wellcome Trust.

Scheme at a glance

Proposal stage:

Production and project delivery, Developing practice and building networks, Developing your organisation

Where your activity will take place:


Level of funding:

£150,000 to £3 million

Duration of funding:

All projects should be completed by March 2021

Eligibility and suitability

What we offer

How to apply

Funding partners


Production and project delivery
Developing practice and building networks
Developing your organisation

Contact us

About the scope and content of your proposal:

About your eligibility, the application process, funding policies or general queries about grants:

About our online application system:

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Getting here

Key dates

We consider applications once a year.

2016 round

  • Applications open

    August 2016

  • Preliminary applications deadline

    14 October 2016

  • Invited full applications deadline

    28 February 2017

  • Interviews

    12-13 June 2017

2017 round

Applications open in August 2017.