Public Engagement Grants
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) launched an annual grant scheme in November 2015 to celebrate and recognise excellent science communication in the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU Public Engagement Grants are awarded to EGU members interested in developing an outreach project that aims to raise awareness of geosciences outside the scientific community. Four years later, the scheme has been expanded. Beginning in 2020, the three applicants who are judged to have proposed the most innovative and effective project are each awarded a grant of €1500 to help further develop the idea and put it into practice. Grant winners will receive one free registration to attend the EGU General Assembly the year following the receipt of their grant, to present on their projects.
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, you are welcome to apply.
Please note that, to apply for the grants, you need an active EGU membership and are encouraged to register to attend the forthcoming EGU General Assembly.
The grants are for a period of 12 months and are awarded in full in September each year. 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. Winner are expected to submit a final report, a short blog post, and a minimum of three high-resolution photos illustrating the project at the end of the grant period.
The EGU will not claim revenues from products resulting from the projects 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.
As the funder, the EGU gives grantees full editorial control of their work. Public Engagement Grant winners, not the EGU, are responsible for the content of their projects.
SPECIAL NOTICE: To show our support for Ukraine and in accordance with current European sanctions, EGU will not provide any payments to applicants from Russian or Belarusian institutions – as a result anyone from a Russian or Belarusian institution is not eligible to apply for this grant in 2022.
For more information on EGU Public Engagement Grants, please contact:
EGU Public Engagement Grant application submissions are currently closed.
Past and present grant winners
- 2021: Iris van Zelst and Lucía Pérez-Díaz, Lenka Zychova, and Roberta Wilkinson and Matthew Kemp
- 2020: Christina Roggatz and Christopher Skinner, Rosalie Tostevin, and Elspeth Wallace, Fergus McAuliffe and Anthea Lacchia
- 2019: Philip Heron and Astrid Harjung, Laura Coulson, Romana Hödl & Katrin Attermeyer
- 2018: Suzanne Imber and Fabio Bonali
- 2017: Martin Archer and Tero Mielonen
- 2016: Miguel Gomez-Heras and Solmaz Mohadjer