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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 £1000

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

The current call is only open to the Faculties of Science and Engineering & Design.

Read more about the Initiator Fund

Complete the Initiator Fund application form


The Engage Grants are now open and the call will close on Monday 13 March 2023 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.

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

Growing Roots Environmental Science Public Engagement Funding

Apply for £3000-£10,000 to explore, and trial approaches for engaging the public with environmental science. Deadline: 27 March

Register to join a Webinar about the funding call at 1.30pm on Wednesday 1 February 2023.

Royal College of Pathologists Public Engagement Grants

Grants of up to £1000 are available to raise awareness and understanding of the role of pathologists across the UK. Deadline 31 July.

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.

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

AHRC research, development and engagement fellowships

This fellowship scheme allows early-career researchers to carry out high-quality innovative research including outreach and public engagement. 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.