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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: Start-Up Fund

Apply to the Public Engagement Unit's Start-Up Fund.

The Start-Up Fund one of the three funds that make up the Engage Grants, an annual funding call for public engagement activities run by the Public Engagement Unit.

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

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.

Royal Society of Chemistry - Small Grants Outreach Fund

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.


11 May

STFC Public Engagement Spark Award

The Science Technology and Facilities Council Public Engagement (STFC) 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.


21 May

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.