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 (BEIS) and Wellcome.

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 must 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

Key dates

We consider applications once a year.

2017 round

  • Applications open

    9 August 2017

  • Preliminary applications deadline

    19 October 2017, 17:00 BST

  • Invited full applications deadline

    28 February 2018, 17:00 GMT

  • Interviews

    12 and 13 June 2018

Contact us

Contact our information officers if you have a question about funding.

If you have a question about the scope and content of your proposal, contact Anna Ramsay:

Projects we've funded