Our current and previous funders.

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Zone Funders by year:

2022/23 Funders


UKRI convenes, catalyses and invests in close collaboration with others to build a thriving, inclusive research and innovation system.

In Oct 2022, UKRI are funding the Energy Zone where students connect with with people working on the production, transmission; storage; and consumption of energy.


BP is a British oil and gas company that creates products and develops new processes within the energy industry. This includes redefining the potential of hydrocarbon resources and exploring new fuels, lubricants or petrochemical products. TheyThe bp brand | Who we are | Home incorporate a range of different science fields, from geology and geophysics to chemistry and petrophysics. 

In November 2022 they are funding the Energy Zone.

Cavendish nuclear

Cavendish nuclear provides a comprehensive range of critical nuclear solutions across the markets of Clean Energy, Defence and Civil Decommissioning, both in the UK and internationally. Cavendish Nuclear

In Oct 2022, Cavendish nuclear are funding the Energy Zone where students can connect with engineers working on the production, transmission; storage; and consumption of energy.

2021/22 Funders

The Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation initiativeDETI

The The Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation (DETI) programme at the University of the West of England is a research, innovation and skills initiative.

It’s a strategic programme delivered by the National Composites Centre in partnership with the Centre for Modelling & Simulation, Digital Catapult, the University of the West of England, 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.

In 2021/22, DETI is funding the Youth Engineering for Environmental Sustainability Summit (YEESS). Taking place in October 2021, YEESS offers students a space to discuss and explore how we can achieve a zero-carbon future, ahead of the UN COP-26 meeting.

In 2020/21, DETI funded 2 general-engineering Zones: the Metre Zone in March 2021 and the Candela Zone in June and July 2021.

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.

The STFC are currently supporting I’m an Engineer over 2 years through a Legacy Award.

Previous Zones funded by STFC:


techUK is the UK’s technology trade association, championing technology’s role in preparing and empowering the UK for what comes next. techUK develops and maintains systems delivering a better future for people, society, the economy and the planet.

In 2021/22 techUK is funding the Invisible Internet Zone, alongside other internet infrastructure companies. The Zone will engage school students with the people and technologies working behind-the-scenes to maintain the systems that keep up connected. This is the first activity funded by techUK.

The UK Atomic Energy Authority

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)‘s mission is to lead the delivery of sustainable fusion energy and maximise its scientific and economic benefit.

By funding I’m an Engineer, UKAEA aims to inform and inspire students about STEM careers, and drive more young people towards high-tech jobs in the UK.

In 2021/22 UKAEA is funding the Clean Energy Zone, which will connect students with engineers working to make fusion power a reality. This is the first activity funded by UKAEA.

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 2021/22 The UK Space Agency are funding the Space Zone in October 2021, as part of the ‘Space for all’ community award scheme.

Previous Zones funded by the UK Space Agency:

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 TrustWT

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.