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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.

AHRC Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Engagement Fellowships

A scheme to enable researchers with an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion dimension to engage relevant public groups.

Deadline 10 September 2020.

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.

Upcoming deadlines

11 July, 10 August, 14 September 2020.

Royal Academy of Engineering's Ingenious Awards

The Royal Academy of Engineering's Ingenious Award for public engagement is offering funding between £3,000 and £30,000 for projects that engage people with engineering and help develop engineer's public engagement skills and expertise.


28 September 2020

Science Technology and Facilities Council's Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement

The Leadership Fellows programme offers a grant with the maximum value of £200,000 for up to 36 months for scientists, engineers and technical staff within STFC’s community to undertake high-quality programmes of engagement and to act as a champion for the value and practice of engagement with research in their host institution and research community.


1 October 2020.

Institution of Engineering and Technology's Engineering Education Grant Scheme

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.


19 October 2020.

Science Technology and Facilities Council's Public Engagement Reaction Awards

A funding scheme for public engagement activities up to £5,000, that responds to new and/or unexpected significant developments related to STFC's science and technology remit (astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science).


Open call.

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 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.