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Zone Funders by year:

2020/21 Funders

UK Space Agency

The UK Space Agency

The UK Space Agency are at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space. They are responsible for ensuring that the UK retains and grows a strategic capability in space-based systems, technologies, science and applications. The UK Space Agency leads the UK’s civil space programme in order to win sustainable economic growth, secure new scientific knowledge and provide benefit to all citizens.

In 2020/21 The UK Space Agency funded 2 Space Zones as part of the ‘Space for all’ community award scheme. These featured UK-based engineers working across the space sector. The first was in November 2020 (joint funded by the Science and Technologies Facilities Council) and the second in March 2021.

Previous Zones funded by the UK Space Agency: March 2019 Space Zone, November 2018 Space Zone, June 2018 Space Zone, Space Telescope Zone and Satellite Zone in March 2018, November 2016 Space Zone, and Space for All Zone in June 2015.



The Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation initiative

The The Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation initiative (DETI) is a research, innovation and skills initiative in the West of England. It’s a strategic programme delivered by the National Composites Centre (NCC) in partnership with the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), Digital Catapult, the University of the West of England (UWE), the University of Bristol, and the University of Bath. DETI plays an important role in driving innovation and digitally enabled recovery following the Coronavirus outbreak. The initiative will work with leading companies and support industry to reduce carbon emissions by producing better products that are lighter, more fuel efficient and have less waste through undertaking research and innovation in the virtual world.

DETI have funded 2 Zones in 2020/21, the first of which is the Metre Zone in March 2021. These will take place ahead of the Youth Engagement with Engineering and Sustainability Summit, which will take place in October 2021 on the I’m an Engineer platform.


The Science and Technology Facilities Council

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation, 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 joint funded the Space Zone in November 2020 alongside the UK Space Agency.

Previous Zones funded by STFC: Detection Zone in November 2019, Milliampere Zone in June 2019, Energy Zone and Milligram Zone in March 2019, Energy Zone and Kelvin Zone in June 2015, Apprentice Zone in June 2014, Space Zone in March 2014, and the Detection Zone in June 2013.


Earlier Funders


Royal Academy of Engineering (RAENG) 

The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAENG) are the UK’s national academy for engineering, bringing together engineers from all disciplines to promote excellence in the science, art and practice of engineering.

RAENG funded the first ever I’m an Engineer Zones in March 2012: Energy Zone, Health Zone, High Performance ZoneTransport Zone, Measurement Zone, and Water Zone.

Further Zones funded by RAEng: Millimetre Zone in March 2018, Artificial Intelligence Zone, Mole Zone and Future Transport Zone in November 2017, Smart Materials Zone and Candela Zone in June 2017, Robotics Zone and Ampere Zone in March 2017, Motor Zone and Apprentice Zone in November 2016, Aerospace Zone, Environment Zone and Kilogram Zone in June 2016, Fuel Zone, Robotics Zone, and Metre Zone in March 2016, Environment Zone in June 2015, Apprentice Zone, Health Zone, Safety Zone and Transport Zone in March 2015, Christmas Lectures Zone in January 2015, and the Cities Zone in June 2014.



Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust 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.

Previous Zones funded by Wellcome: Health Zone in June 2019, Artificial Body Zone in June 2018, Health Zone in November 2017, Artificial Body Zone in March 2017, Diagnosis Zone in November 2016, Health Zone and Water Zone in June 2016, Food Zone and Surgery Zone in March 2016, Artificial Body Zone and Hospitals Zone in June 2015, and the Food Zone and Health Zone in June 2014.