The Interstellar Research Centre, through its parent company Stellar Engines Ltd, has supported or sponsored a number of causes over the years that is of interest to its mission.
We have three funding categories that we consider:
Category 1 Funding: £100 - £999
Category 2 Funding: £1,000 - £4,999
Category 3 Funding: £5,000 - £9,999
Category 4 Funding: £10,000+
Some of these are listed below:
We have supported numerous individuals with Category 1 sponsorship to attend key workshops or conferences relating to their research. Typically these were graduate students but not always.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
We have been a Category 1 sponsor to the US Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum at the Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and the organisations name is listed on the wall of honour as an Air and Space sponsor. This was for the purpose of helping to preserve our aviation and space exploration history.
Initiative for Interstellar Studies
We have been a significant Category 4 donor to the UK Initiative for Interstellar Studies, supporting its operations, education activities and research programs. In particular this has been for the operations and management of the company, its advanced propulsion projects and its set of Alpha Centauri Prize awards.
Institute for Interstellar Studies
We have been a significant Category 2 donor to the US Institute for Interstellar Studies, helping it to get its operations off the ground by covering its starting administration costs.
Tau Zero Foundation
We have previously been a Category 2 sponsor to the US non-profit the Tau Zero Foundation, in its pursuit of research relating to interstellar flight. This sponsorship money came from this organisation at the request of the UK Initiative for Interstellar Studies.
Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop
We have previously been a Category 2 sponsor to the US non-profit the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, for its innovative workshops related to interstellar flight. This sponsorship money came from this organisation at the request of the UK Initiative for Interstellar Studies.
Foundations of Interstellar Studies Workshop
For both the FISW-1 meeting in New York and the FISW-2 meeting in England, we were the main funding sponsor to ensure both meetings were a success. This included funding for catering, travel and hotels for participants, renting of venues, publication materials and other costs.
Notice for Partner Donors: If you are interested in partnering with us to allocate funds to also support our research activities please get in touch with us to arrange a meeting to discuss further. ALTHOUGH THE PARENT COMPANY STELLAR ENGINES IS NOT OPEN FOR SHAREHOLDER INVESTMENT, WE ARE OPEN TO AGREEING CONTRACTUAL ARRANGEMENTS ALONG THESE LINES.
Future Submissions For Funding Requests:-
On occasions we do consider supporting individual student activities or causes where they are consistent with our mission and research questions and indeed we have supported several individuals and organisations in the past. Please note that we do not fund general education requests from students, or general requests to assist with a persons health problems - this is because there are other sources for such funding including registered charities and GoFundMe campaigns. Any requests for funding must demonstrate that they are seeking to address the research areas for which we are interested.
In terms of our allocation capacity, For Categories 1 - 4, they are along the lines of approximately 85%, 10%, 4% and 1% respectively. Which means we are more likely to fund a lower amount requested, and higher funding requests are allocated for special requests with a strong case.
To submit an enquiry along these lines, please complete the form below and submit it to us. If we are interested in supporting you we will be in touch. A failure to complete all boxes will lead to a null result.
The next funding sponsorship cycle will take place during the spring 2020 and is now closed for the duration of 2019 whilst further funds are raised.