New PE start-up fund launched

The University’s Public Engagement Unit has launched a brand new funding call to support researchers wishing to engage with a specific public for the first time.

The Start-Up Fund is aimed at researchers at any level (including postgraduate researchers) who have identified community groups / special interest groups / organisations and non-academic individuals with whom they have not previously engaged.

The funding (up to a maximum of £200) can be spent on an activity or activities that might instigate public engagement. Activities should help create conditions for productive conversations about common research interests / challenges from which public engagement with research projects could arise.

A total pot of £4000 is available across the 2017/18 academic year, and the call will remain open until this money is spent.

Dr Helen Featherstone, Head of Public Engagement, said: “Over the years, we’ve identified that fostering public engagement with research activities requires time and effort to build trust and relationships with the publics you’re looking to engage. Our new Start-Up Fund will support activities that enable researchers to seed conversations with new groups, conversations that could lead to future engaged research projects.”

Find out more and apply.

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