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My winning proposal: Third time lucky with the STFC

Astrophysicist Jen Gupta tells Sophie Inge how building partnerships with the local community helped her team win £45,000 in STFC Public Engagement Nucleus Award funding.

Jen’s top tips

  • Don’t give up if your proposal is rejected; bear in mind that the scheme is oversubscribed.
  • Try to secure seed funding to get your project off the ground.
  • Involve the community in your project from the start and partner with other organisations.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask STFC for advice or feedback; they expect to be contacted.

Jen Gupta is a public engagement and outreach manager at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth. In April, her team won a £45,000 Public Engagement Nucleus Award from the Science and Technology Facilities Council to fund Tactile Universe, a project that helps blind and visually impaired children to “feel” the universe.

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