Our Engage Grant Progression Fund is open for researchers and experimental and technical staff at any level, including doctoral students, who wish to advance their own public engagement practice. This is particularly aimed at those researchers and experimental and technical staff who have prior experience with public engagement and would like to develop their skills further.

Examples of Progression Fund activities include (but not limited to):

  • expanding existing engagement activities (your own, or others) to new public groups or delivering in a different context
  • developing a particular aspect of your own public engagement work
  • developing public engagement leadership and facilitation skills or carrying out Faculty / Department / Research Group specific engagement activities
  • small-scale pilots of innovative engagement activities to evaluate what works and does not for all involved

An application can cover one or more of the above activities or other relevant ideas not listed, but must not exceed £2500. The grant cannot be used to cover time for the researcher(s) involved.

In the context of this funding call, the public is defined as any person or group outside of academia.

A total of £10,000 is available for this call. The Public Engagement Unit reserve the right to not allocate all the funds available.

Generally, we have found that projects of this scale usually take 12 months to develop and deliver, if you are planning a longer project please make the case within your application.

Who can apply

This call is open to any member of staff in the Research & Education and Technical & Experimental job families (any discipline or career stage) and doctoral students who are looking to engage the public with research.

Doctoral students will need to secure permission from their supervisors in order to apply for this award.

We welcome applications from all Faculties but would particularly welcome applications from Departments within the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Design to ensure we are providing adequate support across all Departments. We also particularly welcome applications made jointly with a researcher and an external partner who intend to work together for the project.


Assessment criteria

  • a clearly articulated link between current high quality research and the proposed engagement activity, a clearly defined public group and clear explanation of how the engagement will benefit the public group, research and / or applicant
  • a plan to evaluate the success of the project, including the evaluation tools to be used, must be included in the project bid.
  • a clear and justified outline of the costs. This may include financial provision to enable external partners to be involved.
  • a realistic project plan highlighting the feasibility of the project within the budget limits and the timescales outlined.
  • priority will be given to projects that clearly meet the needs of the local community.

Assessment process

Application forms must be emailed to public-engagement@bath.ac.uk no later than 5pm on Thursday 31 October, with ‘Progression Fund’ in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel made up of:

  • the Public Engagement Unit
  • a Public Engagement Professional from an external Higher Education Institution
  • Dr Frances Laughton (Vice-Chancellor’s Engage Award Winner 2019)

A member of the Public Engagement Unit will be in touch as to the outcome of your application the week commencing the 11 November.


All projects will be required to report their learning, outcomes and experiences to the Public Engagement Unit. Award holders will be expected to share their learning and experiences through events and formats that the Public Engagement Unit coordinate and manage.

A launch meeting will be held on Tuesday 7 January 2020 from 14:15 – 15:45 (room TBC) for all successful applicants.

A follow up meeting will be held on Tuesday 12 January 2021 from 14:15 – 15:45 (room TBC) to allow successful applicants to feedback to each other and the Public Engagement Unit, share the learning that has resulted from their project and receive help and advice from the Public Engagement Unit for their final report.

Please keep availability for these two dates if possible. However it will not affect your application if you are unavailable for one or both of these meetings.

There is an expectation that all successful applications will need to show how they will share their learning and outcomes from the project to their colleagues within departments and across the University. This could involve sharing learning from the projects at departmental meetings or University wide events such as the annual Engage Showcase.


Call opens

Tuesday 1 October 2019

Call closes

Thursday 31 October 2019

Awards start

From the beginning of January 2020

Reports due

Before Tuesday 26 January 2021

If you are considering an application, we would strongly encourage you to speak with a member of the Public Engagement Unit about your project prior to application submission. Please email the Public Engagement Unit at public-engagement@bath.ac.uk