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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 2022/23

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

If you're brand new to engagement or have years of experience, the Engage Grants are designed to support you to do public engagement, whatever your level of expertise. The Engage Grants are open to researchers, experimental and technical staff and doctoral students at any level.

With our Engage Grants, we aim to support you to increase your skills and understanding of public engagement by funding activities where you have an opportunity to give public engagement a go for yourselves. The Engage Grants are made up of two funds:

Initiator - for projects up to £750

This fund is to support applicants with little or no experience of public engagement with your research to carry out small-scale or pilot public engagement projects to:

  • support your learning about engagement
  • gain experience of engagement
  • develop your engagement ideas

Read more about the Initiator Fund

Complete the Initiator Fund application form

Progression - for projects up to £3,500

This fund is to support applicants who have prior experience with public engagement to further develop and deepen your skills and knowledge. You could apply for funds to carry out activities that:

  • expand your existing activities
  • develop your leadership and facilitation skills in public engagement
  • develop and deliver innovative engagement activities

Read more about the Progression Fund

Complete the Progression Fund application form


The Engage Grants are now open and the call will close on Monday 31 October 2022 at 5pm. Please email applications to ([

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.

AHRC Engage the public with the future of health and care in the UK

Apply for funding to bring the public into dialogue about the future of health and social care. AHRC are looking for researchers that will work with the public to contribute in imaginative ways to activities and conversations that will help shape future debate and decision-making about the future of health, ageing and wellbeing over the next 25 years.

Deadline: 13 December 2022

Royal Society of Chemistry - Outreach Fund

Small Grants

The Royal Society of Chemistry invites researchers to apply for to their Small Grants Outreach Fund for projects between £500 to £5,000 to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.

Large Grants

The Royal Society of Chemistry invites researchers to apply for their Large Grants Outreach Fund for projects between £5,001 and £10,000 to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.

Deadlines: Monday 5 September 2022

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.

London Mathematical Society

Grants of £600 - £800 are available to support activities that stimulate interest and enable involvement in mathematics.

Deadline: 30 November

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

NC3Rs - Engagement Grants

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to support NC3Rs-funded researchers past and present to engage the public with the approaches being taken to replace, reduce and refine animal use in science.

Deadline: January 2023

Institution of Engineering and Technology - Education Grants

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme offers two levels of grants, projects up to £5,000 and projects up to £15,000, to support UK-based educational projects that increase engineering knowledge among young people aged 5-19.

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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.