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Engage Grants for Public Engagement

The Engage Grants are an annual call to fund public engagement with research activities run by the Public Engagement Unit.


People taking part in an engagement activity with an artist
People taking part in an engagement activity with an artist

The Public Engagement Unit runs the Engage Grants and aim to support researchers at the University of Bath to develop their skills and understanding of public engagement with research.

Engage and Involve Grants funding call 2023/2024

For the 2023/2024 edition of the Engage Grants the Public Engagement Unit the scope of funding call to support projects that seek to engage people with and/or involve them in research.

The call was open for six weeks between Monday 23 October and Friday 8 December 2023, and we invited applications from across the University of Bath, creating the Engage and Involve Grants application guide to help colleagues in their applications.

We had a total of £20,000 to distribute as part of the call, and we funded 10 projects of £2,000 each. Find out more about the funded projects by visiting the blog announcing the successful projects funded.

About the Engage Grants

The Engage Grants have been running since 2013, and over £200,000 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 funding scheme has changed several times over the last 10 years to reflect the needs and priorities of academic colleagues.

The Public Engagement Seed Fund ran between 2013 and 2018 and offered grants for public engagement with research projects of between £250 and £2,000.

Between 2019 and 2022 we ran a tiered funding call, made up of three different Engage Grants funds:

  • Start-Up Fund - for activities up to £250 for activities that enable applicants to foster a relationship with a public group.

  • Initiator Fund - for projects up to £750 for applicants to carry out small-scale or pilot public engagement with research activities.

  • Progression Fund - for projects up to £3,500 for applicants to carry out activities that support them to advance their public engagement with research practice and knowledge.

In 2017 and 2021 the Public Engagement Unit ran one-off funding calls (with £20,000 allocated each year), the Innovate Fund to address identified needs from the academic community and innovate in the practice of public engagement with research at the University of Bath. The fund aimed to:


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