7th August

Catalyst to transform with funding from ISF

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre is thrilled to announce it has been successful with a grant application of £754,600 from the Inspiring Science Fund. With additional match funding this will mean a total project investment of £1,078,000 for the Widnes based centre.

The ISF scheme, which is co-funded by BEIS and Wellcome, supports science centres across the UK. It is a capital fund that helps centres rethink what they do and what they offer to the public.

Jayne Edwards, Director of Catalyst said “This project entitled ‘Catalyst for a future generation’ will explore ground-breaking thinking about the relationship between science and wellbeing. We will involve all ages of the community and local partners in the innovative design of our spaces and exhibits to inspire a future generation of scientists across the North West and beyond, using new methods of experimentation and discovery.”

MP for Halton Derek Twigg said “I am delighted to hear that Catalyst has been awarded the grant from ISF. Catalyst has been an integral part of the social and cultural landscape of my Constituency of Halton and the wider North West for the last 30 years. I look forward to seeing Catalyst transform with the involvement of the local community, and continue the excellent work it does to inspire young scientists.”

Chris Tane, CEO of Inovyn congratulated Catalyst on the success of their funding bid to transform the centre. “Catalyst’s role in encouraging young people to consider a career in science is vital to industry and wider society and we look forward to continuing our close relationship in these exciting times.”

Science Minister Sam Gyimah said “We want to bring the wonders of science to as wide an audience as possible and that’s why it is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy. Today’s investment will help inspire people from across the country to learn about the truly amazing benefits that science and technology has on all our lives.”

Catalyst is one of six centres that is to receive funding from the final round of ISF.

Notes for Editors

Catalyst is an independent charitable trust operated by Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum Trust Limited.

For more information contact Meryl Jameson, Marketing Manager at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 0DF. Telephone 0151 420 1121 or e-mail

Inspiring Science Fund

The Inspiring Science Fund is co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Wellcome. The scheme supports science centres to rethink what they do and what they offer to the public. The aims of the fund are to revitalise the offer of existing science centres through capital development, such as new exhibition spaces and learning centres, and the opportunity to develop meaningful engagement with underserved and underrepresented audiences. This opportunity to refresh how science centres are operating will lead to more sustainable business models, and contribute to science centre sector development through shared learning.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the new funding organisation for research and innovation in the UK, will succeed BEIS as co-funder of the Inspiring Science Fund later in 2018. UKRI brings together the seven UK research councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England, working closely with its partner organisations in the devolved administrations.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy and climate change.  The Department is responsible for: developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the government’s relationship with business; ensuring that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean; ensuring the UK remains at the leading edge of science, research and innovation; and tackling climate change.


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