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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 to the Public Engagement Unit's Engage Grants

If you're brand new to public engagement or want to start a conversation with a public group you are interested in working with, the Engage Grants are designed to support you to do public engagement, whatever your level of expertise.

We have two funds currently open:

Start-Up - for projects up to £200

This fund is to support applicants who have identified communities, special interest groups or organisations and non-academic individuals with whom you have not previously engaged. This funding will help create conditions for productive conversations and is not intended for public engagement activities but to foster relationships that might lead to public engagement with research in the future.

Read more about the Start-Up Fund.

Complete the Start-Up Fund application form.

Open call

The Start-Up fund will remain open until Friday 10 July, 5pm or until all the funds are allocated (we are anticipating a total of 10 projects). Please email applications to

If you're looking for inspiration for your public engagement activity discover some of the projects we've previously funded.

Initiator Fund - for projects up to £500

This fund is to to support applicants to carry out small-scale or pilot public engagement projects to: support your learning about engagement, gain experience of engagement and develop your engagement ideas. This funding is ideal for those with little or no experience of public engagement.

Read more about the Initiator Fund.

Complete the Initiator Fund application form.

Other 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 opne.

Waterloo Foundation: Child Development Dissemination Funding

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support dissemination and activities related to the foundations research interests for children and their carers.


23 February 2020 (Sleep, Exercise and Motor Impairment) and mid-June exact date TBC(Diet & Microbiome)

Biochemical Society Outreach Grants

Grants of up to £1000 are available to support scientific outreach activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community.


16 April

Being Human Festival 2020

Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy, the Being Human Festival is inviting applications for activities and have opened a funding call (£2,000-£5,000).


Open Call - 12 June, 5pm

Small Award (to fund activities up to £2,000) - 24 April, 5pm

Hub Award (to fund activities up to £5,000) - 24 April, 5pm

London Mathematical Society Education Grants

The small grants for education aim to stimulate interest and enable involvement in mathematics from Key Stage 1 (age 5+) to Undergraduate level and beyond, by: enhancing and enriching mathematical study beyond the curriculum; engaging the public with mathematics and encouraging unusual ways of communicating mathematics.


Round 4: 30 April

Grants in Wales for Physics Outreach Activities

The Institute of Physics in Wales is offering grants of up to £750 to individuals and organisations running physics-based events and activities in Wales.


Open all year.

Physiology Society Outreach Grants

The Physiology Society is offering grants of £500 throughout the year.


For grants of up to £500, applications are open all year.

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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.