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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 2020/21

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 three funds:

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

Initiator - for projects up to £500

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 £2,500

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 22 February 2021 at 5pm. The closing date for the Initiator and Progression Funds is Monday 22 February 2021 at 5pm, 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.

Physiology Society Outreach Grants

The Physiology Society is offering large outreach grants of up to £20,000 and small outreach grants of £500. Deadline: 31 January

European Society for Evolutionary Biology Outreach Initiative

The European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) is offering up to €4000 for projects that promote evolution-related activities. Deadline 15 March.

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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.