Public Engagement

Internal funding

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The Public Engagement Unit releases around £25,000 each year to fund engagement projects through a variety of funding calls.

Our Start-Up Fund is currently open. Find the Call Guidance and Application Form below.

Since 2013, the Public Engagement Unit has invested over £50,000 in a range of engaged research projects. The projects have been run by researchers at all levels, from postgraduates to professors. Case studies and blogs from projects that have now concluded are available.

2018/19 Start-Up Fund - Currently open

Our Start-Up Fund supports researchers (including Doctoral Students) wishing to engage with a specific public for the first time. Funding (up to a maximum of £200) can be spent on activities that help create conditions for productive conversations about common research interests / challenges from which public engagement with research projects might arise.

Example start-up activities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel costs to meet the potential public partner(s)
  • A networking meal
  • Venue hire for partnership-building activities
  • Attendance at a pre-existing networking event that includes the potential public partner(s)
  • Covering costs (e.g. time / travel) for the potential public partner(s) to meet with you

The funding is not provided to conduct public engagement activities rather, to foster relationships that might lead to public engagement with research projects.  

Call Guidance

Application Form

2018/19 Seed Fund - Closed

Our Seed Fund supports researchers (including Doctoral Students) wishing to: pilot new innovative engagement activities, apply existing engagement activities to a new audience or context and to improve their engagement practice.

Example Seed Fund activities can be found on the Public Engagement Unit blog.

The 2018/2019 Seed Fund is now closed

2017/18 Innovate Fund

Our Innovate Fund was designed to support up to two, £10,000 public engagement with research projects focused on the Bath & North East Somerset area. Through the call, we looked to fund ambitious projects that involved collaborative, participatory activities that creatively engaged local publics with our research. Ideally, funded projects would shed light on global challenges through local perspectives and vice versa.

For 2017/18, this funding call has now closed. Funding was assigned through a "sandpit" process involving 9 researchers and 12 representatives from local community organisations who co-produced ideas for public engagement with research projects.

The projects funded were:

  1. Changing Rooms, Changing Views - This project aims to provoke and collect public perceptions of body image, challenge media led expectations, empower people to think and act differently about positive bodies and their appearance and contribute to fostering a positive body image community. It is led by Dr Melissa Atkinson (Department of Psychology) in conjunction with Kilter Theatre and Hollie-Ann Hart, a body illustrator.
  2. River is the Venue - This project sets out to show the symbiotic link between the flooding of the river Avon and the cultural and economic development of Bath. An inclusive art space centred on flooding will be collaboratively set up by people with disabilities and other access needs. The project is led by Dr Chrysoula Papacharalampou (Architecture & Civil Engineering) and Dr Simon Hayhoe (Department of Education), and will involve contributions from Wessex Water, Bath & NE Somerset Council, and Art at the Heart

Read more about the projects.