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Funding opportunities for public engagement

If you have an idea for public engagement with research activity, you may be able to apply for funding to help make it happen.

Engage Grants

Apply for funding through the Public Engagement Unit's annual funding call.

Our Engage and Involve Grants aim to support you in developing your knowledge and skills in engaging people with and involving them in research.

Each year, the Public Engagement Unit runs a funding call, the Engage Grants, which are designed to support you to do public engagement, whatever your level of expertise.

The 2023/2024 edition of this call, the Engage and Involve Grants, is now closed and will reopen again in autumn 2024.

Funding opportunities for public engagement

There are a range of different funding sources available for public engagement activities, find out more about the funding calls currently open.

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

This fund aims to support artists, community and cultural organisations with up to £100,000 to help people across England to engage with arts and culture.

Deadline: Open call.

Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund

This fund aims to enable researchers and organisations to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities. Deadlines: throughout year 2024.

British Pharmacological Society - Engagement Grants

Grants are available to support and promote engagement with all forms of pharmacology and drug discovery research.

Deadline: Open call

STFC - Reaction Award

The Science Technology and Facilities Council Public Engagement Reaction Award aims to public engagement programmes, up to £5,000, that is fast and responsive to new and/or unexpected significant developments related to STFC science (astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science).

Deadline: Open call.

Medical Research Council - Public Engagement in Science

Grants are available to enable MRC-funded scientists to pilot new activities and develop innovative engagements with the public and other stakeholders.

Deadline: Open call

AHRC research, development and engagement fellowships

This fellowship scheme allows early-career researchers to carry out high-quality innovative research including outreach and public engagement. Open call.

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Contact us

If you are interested in applying for any of these funding schemes, get in touch with the Public Engagement Unit. We can help with you shape your ideas, find a partner or offering feedback on your proposal.