The Wellcome Trust has launched a new initiative, ‘Science Learning+’, providing £9 million of funding to make a transformational step in improving the knowledge base and practice of informal science experiences.
Informal science experiences could encompass visits to museums or science centres, watching science-themed plays, or watching dramas or documentaries, and have the potential to make a positive impact on young people’s engagement with science. More information is available at http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/SLplus
The launch was accompanied by two articles in The Daily Telegraph: a comment piece about informal science learning by Clare Matterson, Director Medical Humanities and Engagement and an article about the scheme itself. We also have short video about the initiative available to watch online.
The funding will take place in two phases. Starting with Planning Grants in 2014, we will enable initial collaborations and ideas development, which will provide a platform for longer-term Partnership Grants applications in 2015, for research programmes of up to five years.
The deadline for Phase 1 is 10 July 2014. Applicants in the UK or the Republic of Ireland should apply through the Wellcome Trust. For more information about this initiative and how to apply, visit http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/SLplus .
Applicants in the USA should apply through the National Science Foundation at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14555/nsf14555.htm
Science Learning+ is an international initiative established by the Wellcome Trust, the US National Science Foundation and the UK Economic and Social Research Council, and in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Noyce Foundation.