The Royal Society is offering grants to small museums, galleries and archives to celebrate scientific pioneers within their communities.
Launched today, the Local Heroes scheme will provide grants of up to £3,000 for projects at Accredited institutions across the UK that showcase local science heroes and their discoveries.
The scheme aims to engage the public with science and shine a spotlight on the influence that scientists have had on local communities; heroes can range from historic figures to contemporary scientists.
The Museums Association’s director Sharon Heal, who will sit on the Local Heroes judging panel, said: “I am delighted that the Royal Society has chosen to support local museums through this funding, and thrilled to be part of the judging panel.
“Museums and galleries across the UK are under increasing financial pressure. Funding streams like the Local Heroes scheme, which allow them to explore new creative projects and engage with their local communities through inspiring science events are crucial to their survival. I’m looking forward to seeing the applications from the UK’s diverse museum and galleries sector.”
The chairman of the judging panel, Jonathan Ashmore, who is a neuroscientist at University College London, said: “Science drives local and international economies and is an important ingredient in our history, identity and cultural heritage, which is why it’s so important for it to be recognised through schemes such as Local Heroes.
“The scheme will unite and encourage local communities to run creative workshops demonstrating local scientific triumphs, and will attract audiences to engage with the life and work of scientists in their area.”
The deadline for applications is 30 September.
It is the second time the Royal Society has run the scheme. It took place for the first time in 2010 to mark the society’s 350th anniversary, funding scientific and cultural events at 50 institutions across the UK.