The Engage Grants are run by the Public Engagement Unit and aim to support researchers at the University of Bath to develop their skills and understanding of public engagement by funding activities where they have an opportunity to give public engagement a go for themselves.

The Engage Grants have been running since 2013 and over £125,000 has been invested by the Public Engagement Unit to fund researchers, whatever their level of public engagement expertise, to engage public groups with their work. The Engage Grants are open to researchers, experimental and technical staff and doctoral students at any level. For the 2021/22 Engage Grants funding call we have a total of £15,500.

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.

We anticipate funding 10 Start-Up projects.

Read more about the Start-Up Fund.

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 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

We anticipate funding seven Initiator projects.

Read more about the Initiator Fund.

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 their skills and knowledge. You could apply for funds to carry out activities that: - expand your existing engagement activities - develop your leadership and facilitation skills in public engagement - develop and deliver innovative engagement activities

We anticipate funding four Progression projects.

Read more about the Progression Fund.

Sample Progression Fund application form.


The Engage Grants 2021/22 funding call for Initiator and Progression Funds is now closed.

The Start-Up Fund will remain open until Friday 8 July 2022 at 5pm or until all the funds are allocated. Please email applications to