Funders

Wellcome trust newMain funder: Wellcome

I’m a Scientist is proud to be part-funded through a Society Award from Wellcome, the UK’s largest charity. Wellcome are dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. They support the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. Wellcome’s public engagement grants are intended to promote interest, excitement and debate around science and society.

Wellcome is providing £550,000 over five years to support the event. We need to raise the same again from other funders in order to keep the event going. More information about funding.

Part funded by Royal Society of ChemistryZone funder: Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, our activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public.

In the UK, the RSC are the largest non-governmental supporter of UK chemistry education. Their activities encompass formal and informal education from primary through to Higher Education levels and they are committed to providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for those teaching chemistry. They work closely with the government and other organisations on issues which may impact on science education and encourage initiatives to attract students to the chemical sciences from all parts of society and raise awareness of potential careers with chemistry.

The Royal Society of Chemistry is funding 9 zones in I’m a Scientist UK and Ireland for two years (2015-2016).

To date they have funded: Energy ZoneColour Zone, Water Zone, ChemCareers Zone, Drug Synthesis Zone, Spectroscopy Zone, Sustainability Zone, Green Chemistry Zone, Materials Zone, Molecules Zone, Colour Zone, Polymers Zone, Ytterbium Zone, Spectroscopy Zone, Biochemistry Zone, Climate Change Zone, Toxicology ZoneAntibiotics Zone, Catalysis Zone and Mercury Zone.

In November 2016 they will be funding 2 zones in I’m a Scientist UK: Drug Discovery and Energy.

Zone funder: The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

Part funded by Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)IPEM is the Learned Society and professional organisation for physicists, clinical and biomedical engineers and technologists working in medicine and biology.

Healthcare is one of the most useful areas you can apply physics and engineering to and the NHS is the largest employer of scientists in the UK. Physics and engineering principles have contributed to the development of every single medical device that is used in hospitals from simple blood-pressure monitors to sophisticated MRI machines.

In partnership with IoP, IPEM funded a Medical Physics Zone in 2015 and another Medical Physics Zone in 2016.

Zone part-funder: Biochemical Society

Part funded by Biochemical SocietyThe Biochemical Society exists for the advancement of the molecular and cellular biosciences, both as an academic discipline and to promote its impact on areas of science including biotechnology, agriculture, and medicine.

They achieve their mission though their publications and journals, scientific meetings, educational activities, policy work, awards and grants to scientists and students. The Biochemical Society is the largest discipline-based learned society in the biosciences with 7000 members.

They part-funded a Health Zone in 2015, and part-funded another two zones in 2016:the Biochemistry Zone in March, and the Antibiotics Zone in June.

Previous funder: Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

The STFC, one of the seven Research Councils, keeps the UK at the forefront of international science. STFC draws on many aspects of science and engineering, working with academia and industry to share its expertise in materials science, space and ground-based astronomy technologies, laser science, microelectronics, wafer scale manufacturing, particle and nuclear physics, alternative energy production, radio communications and radar.

STFC research addresses topics as fundamental as: The birth of the universe to the solar system we live in, Understanding how the heavy elements are formed in the violent explosions of stars, Is it possible to complete the ‘Standard Model’, so far physicists have detected all but one of the particles predicted by this theory, the Higgs particle.

Thanks to a Large Award the STFC funded 6 zones a year in I’m a Scientist over 3 years, starting in 2013. Zones funded under the Large Award were:

Crystallography Zone, Extreme Speed Zone, New Materials Zone, Extreme Clean Zone, Particle Physics Zone, Extreme Size Zone, Nuclear Zone, Astronomy Zone, Diamond Zone, Extreme Energy Zone, Big Data ZoneExtreme Temperature Zone, Light Zone, Particle Physics Zone, Electromagnetic Zone, Extreme Force Zone, Hafnium Zone, Extreme Pressure Zone, Tantalum Zone, Gravity Zone, Iridium Zone.

Previous zone funders

BBSRC – GM Food Zone, Food Science Zone
British Society for Cell Biology – Cells Zone
British Pharmacological Society – Pharmacology Zone
e-Bug  Antibiotics Zone
Institute of Physics – Space ZoneQuantum ZonesLaser ZoneEarth ZoneLight Zone, Terbium Zone, Osmium Zone, Medical Physics Zone
Physiological Society – Sports Science ZoneHuman Limits ZoneBody Zone, Ageing Zone
RCUK Digital Economy – 
Digital Zone
RCUK Energy Programme – 
Energy Zone
RCUK Lifelong Health & Wellbeing programme – 
Healthy Ageing Zone
Royal College of Pathologists –
 Pathology Zone
Science & Technology Facilities Council –
 Zinc ZoneSubatomic ZoneElectromagnetic Zone
Science Foundation Ireland –
I’m a Scientist Ireland
Society for Endocrinology –
Hormones Zone
The Genome Analysis Centre – Bioinformatics Zone, Genomics Zone
University of Nottingham – 
Food Science Zone
University of Reading — Evolution Zone
Nelson Thornes, Kerboodle
Wellcome Trust, In the Zone – 
Primary 7-11 Zone, Secondary 11-19 Zone