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Applications open for EGU Public Engagement Grants 2019

15 November 2018

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is opening applications to EGU Public Engagement Grants, which aim to celebrate and recognise excellent science communication in the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The grants, an initiative of the EGU Outreach Committee, are awarded to EGU members interested in developing an outreach project to raise awareness of geosciences outside the scientific community. Two applicants who are judged to have proposed the most innovative and effective project will each be awarded a grant of €1000 to help further develop the idea and put it into practice. They will also receive a free registration to the EGU 2020 General Assembly, where they will have the opportunity to present on their winning projects. The deadline for applications is 15 February.

There are no restrictions on the format of the applicant’s project or proposed activity. If you have an idea for a comic, podcast, documentary, set of experiments, or some other form of effective science communication that you want to promote, then please fill in the online application form and let us know why your project deserves to be funded.

We particularly encourage applications for projects aimed at engaging with hard-to-reach audiences, i.e., people or communities who are not generally interested in science or who tend to ignore mainstream scientific expertise.

Applications for the two EGU Public Engagement Grants are open from 15 November 2018 until 15 February 2019. All proposals will be evaluated by April 2019, with the winners being notified by email and announced at the EGU Awards and Medals ceremony at the EGU 2019 General Assembly. Winners are encouraged to register to the forthcoming EGU General Assembly and to attend the ceremony.

The grants are for a period of 12 months and are awarded in full in April 2019. After six months the winners are expected to submit an interim report on their projects, which will be evaluated by the EGU Outreach Committee. At this stage, the winners can request further (non-financial) help from the EGU, such as assistance in liaising with scientists or in further advertising their products. Winners are also expected to submit a final report at the end of the grant.

Once winners complete their projects, they are encouraged to present on their public-engagement work at the EGU General Assembly and/or at EGU public engagement events organised in parallel with the conference. They are also invited to submit a paper about their work to the journal Geoscience Communication.

The EGU will not claim revenues from products resulting from the project, but should be given full access to these products for further dissemination via its communication channels. Further, the winners should make clear when using their products that they were supported through a Public Engagement Grant from the European Geosciences Union.

Please note that only active EGU members, who either have a regular, student, emeritus or complementary membership for 2018 or 2019, or who are life or honorary members of the EGU, are eligible to apply for the grants. To become a member or renew your membership please check http://www.egu.eu/membership/.

To apply for a grant, please use the application form in you EGU member user area.