The Engage Grants are run by the Public Engagement Unit and aim to support researchers at the University of Bath to increase 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 £80,000 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 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.

Sample 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.

Sample Initiator Fund application form.

Progression - for projects up to £2500

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.

Sample Progression Fund application form.


The call opens during Semester 1 on an annual basis. The 2019/20 Engage Grants call has re-opened for the Initiator fund and will close on Thursday 9 April at 5pm. Find out more about how to apply for this fund on our Funding Opportunities for Public Engagement page. The Start-Up fund opened in Semester 1 and will remain open until Friday 10 July, 2020, 5pm or until all the funds are allocated (we are anticipating a total of 10 projects). Please email applications to, the funding decision is usually within two weeks of submission. The Progression fund is now closed and will re-open in Autumn 2020.