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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.

Innovate Fund: Resilience - for projects up to £5,000

This fund aims to support applicants to explore the features of public engagement that embrace both online and ‘in-person’ methods to develop resilient and inclusive public engagement practice for all. There is a two-stage application process with all applicants required to attend a match-making workshop with creative practitioners on Wednesday 2 June 2021, 1-5pm before submitting a project proposal.

Find out more about the Innovate Fund: Resilience

Deadline: Wednesday 19 May 2021, 5pm

Start-Up Fund - 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.

Find out more about the Start-Up Fund

Complete the Start-Up Fund application form

Open call

The Start-Up Fund will remain open until Friday 9 July 2021 at 5pm or until all the funds are allocated (we are anticipating a total of 10 projects). 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.

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.


  • Tuesday 6 April 2021

  • Tuesday 4 May 2021

  • Monday 7 June 2021

  • Monday 5 July 2021

  • Monday 2 August 2021

  • Monday 6 September 2021

  • Monday 4 October 2021

  • Monday 1 November 2021

Being Human Festival Small and Hub Awards

Funding is available to take part in the Being Human festival. Awards for £2,000 - £5,000 are available.

Deadline: Monday 3 May 2021

British Pharmacological Society Engagement Grants

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

Deadline: Open call

STFC Spark Award

The Science Technology and Facilities Council Public Engagement Spark Award aims to fund novel public engagement that inspire and involve target audiences with stories of STFC science (astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science) or to the work of the STFC's national and international laboratories and facilities up to £15,000.

Deadline: Thursday 6 May 4pm, 2021

European Geosciences Union Public Engagement Grants

The European Geoscience Union invites applications for its public engagement grants of up to €1,500. Deadline: 18 June.

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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.