The aim of the FoNS-Make-a-Difference! competition is to provide undergraduate students with a forum to develop low-cost technology that would have an impact in Society. In the process, they will also develop new skills which will enhance their CV and have the opportunity to take part in workshops on intellectual property, business ethics and team building. 

The competition is open to all undergraduate students from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and to team members from other Faculties.

The main feature of the competition is the opportunity for finalist teams to undertake an 8 week funded lab placement over the summer, where they will have the chance to develop their idea to proof of concept stage. The full FoNS-MAD 2024 Calendar can be found here. 

For more information, please email us at, or read the FoNS-MAD Impact Report November 2022

How does it work?

The competition is divided into three stages: