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 £105,000 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.

The Engage Grants are made up of four 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.

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

Read more about the Initiator Fund.

Sample 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

Read more about the Progression Fund.

Sample Progression Fund application form.

Innovate - for projects between £5,000-£10,000

This fund is to support the advancement of engagement practice at the University of Bath and is run on an 'as-and-when basis in response to specific needs identified by the Public Engagement Unit. The inaugural Innovate fund in 2017 supported the development of high-quality creative interdisciplinary public engagement with research and funded The Cubicle and River is the Venue.

Innovate Fund: Resilience - for projects up to £5,000

In Spring 2021 the Public Engagement Unit will open the Innovate Fund: Resilience. This one-off call will fund up to three projects each up to £5,000 to explore the value and features of activities that engage public groups with both online and ‘in-person’ methods with research.

Read more about the Innovate Fund: Resilience


Expressions of interest for the Innovate Fund: Resilience will close on Wednesday 19 May, 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

The Engage Grants 2020/21 funding call for Initiator and Progression is now closed. The call will open for 2021/2022 in Semester 1 2021.