New public engagement funding call

The University’s Public Engagement Unit has launched a brand new funding call – the Innovate Fund – that aims fund up to two, £10,000 public engagement with research (PER) projects in the local community.

The aim of Innovate is to fund ambitious projects that involve collaborative, participatory activities that creatively engage local publics with research. It’s hoped that funded projects may shed light on global challenges through local perspectives and vice versa.

The call is targeted at those researchers from any discipline or career stage that can demonstrate an enthusiasm for public engagement and relevant experience commensurate with their career stage. A commitment to engaged research that brings benefits to the local economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life is crucial, as is the willingness to take risks and to work in interdisciplinary teams.

Funding will be assigned through a sandpit process that will take place on Monday 30th October, 9.30am to 4pm, in The Edge. Through the sandpit, researchers will work with invited members from local civil society organisations to co-create a selection of project ideas, two of which will then be funded.

To be considered for the sandpit, researchers must complete an Expression of Interest form.

Dr Helen Featherstone, Head of Public Engagement, said: “We’re really excited that Innovate will fund our biggest and most ambitious engagement projects yet. Over the past few years, we’ve invested some £50,000 in a range of smaller-scale projects so felt the time was now right to invest in something larger. We hope that Innovate will generate interest from across the University and result in projects that benefit both our research and the local community.”

The Expressions of Interest call closes at 5pm on Monday 16 October 2017.

Further information and application forms

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