The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has opened applications for overseas funding grants to bring help bring research ideas and best practices to the UK.
The Churchill Fellowships will fund overseas travel for 150 award-winners in a range of fields, including science, technology and engineering, for any UK citizen aged 18 or over.
Julia Weston, Chief Executive of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, said the science fellowship will help combat the STEM shortage, which costs the UK economy £1.5 billion a year, according to STEM Learning.
“We're looking for ideas that will address this STEM skills gap, as well as proposals for ensuring that policy-making and public debate are informed by sound scientific evidence,” Weston said.
Applications are particularly encouraged for projects relating to the communication of science and technology, the fusion of the arts and science, or efforts to encourage interest and participation in science by the public.
As well as science and technology, this year’s 12 categories include healthcare; physical activity; end of life care; and sustainable living and the environment.
Grants for this year’s successful applicants will total more than £1 million. Fellows will be funded to travel the world for four to eight weeks with the aim of applying insights to communities and professions back in the UK.
Applications can be lodged at wcmt.org.uk. The deadline for applications is September 17, 2019, for travel next year.