There are many different sources of funding available to support your public engagement activities. Some are provided by Societies to support engagement with a particular scientific field, others support a broad range of public engagement activity. We have compiled a list of the main funding sources:
Public Engagement and Involvement Grants Scheme 2019 - 2020
Have you got a great idea for a new public engagement or involvement activity, and would like some support to get it started? Are you already involved in an excellent public involvement or engagement activity, and want to develop it further?
The Faculty are pleased to announce that we have grants available to support you with engaging with individuals or groups outside of the University.
There are two types of grant available:
- FHLS Public Engagement Grants
- FHLS Public Involvement Grants
Each application can only be submitted to one category. We use the following definitions to categorise public engagement and public involvement:
“Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.”
National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement
“Public involvement in research can be defined as research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. This includes, for example, offering advice as members of a project steering group, commenting on and developing research materials, undertaking interviews with research participants.”
You can apply for a grant of between £200 to £2,000 to support your activity. Grants are funded via the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund.
Those wishing to apply for a public engagement grant should read the Guidelines for completing your application - Public engagement grants in full, and complete the FHLS - Public Engagement Grants Application Form.
Those wishing to apply for a Public Involvement grant should read the Guidelines for completing your application - Public involvement grants in full, and complete the FHLS Public Involvement Grants - Application form .
Completed application forms should be sent via email to email@example.com by 12pm on Friday 6th December.
If you have any questions or would like further information about the scheme please contact Laura Winters, Faculty Public Engagement Officer via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 795 9393.
The Society wishes to support scientific outreach activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community.
Applications are invited for sums up to £1000 to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred (e.g. transport and/or teacher cover). A short report of the activity and an evaluation is a condition of the grant.
There are two rounds of applications per year, in September and April.
We actively encourage our members to promote ecological science to a wide audience and offer grants of up to £2,000.
We define ecology as the scientific study of the distribution, abundance and dynamics of organisms, their interactions with other organisms and their physical environment.
We support projects that:
- Increase public understanding of, and engagement with, ecology
- Stimulate discussion about ecology and its implications for society
- Inspire and enthuse people of all ages about the science of ecology, especially those not previously interested
- Develop skills in communicating the science of ecology
Students, staff or societies can apply for funding of up to £5,000 to support projects which could include providing students with opportunities not otherwise available to them (academic or extracurricular), or for initiatives that enable students and the University to engage with the local community i.e. student outreach activity that enhances the student experience.
Funds are distributed annually, and applications are invited from representatives from clubs and societies registered with the Guild of Students or Athletics Union and University of Liverpool academic and professional services staff.
If you have an idea that will either:
- Support the student experience
- Offer the widest possible benefit, i.e. to the University as a whole or to a large constituency. Projects benefiting only one individual will be given lowest priority
- Meet a clearly expressed student, academic or overall University need
- Require one-off funding
- Offer long-term benefit or added value. Requests for pump-priming for new initiatives, that will leverage funds from other sources, will be welcomed.
Applications are open until 1st February 2019.
The aims of the BSI's Communicating Immunology Grants are to:
- Stimulate interest, discussion and understanding of immunology amongst a wider audience
- Support formal and informal learning about immunology
- Target a wide range of audiences, with a particular interest in reaching new or traditionally hard to reach audiences
Each grant is worth up to a maximum of £1,000 and grants are awarded quarterly. The deadlines for applications are as follows:
- 1 July
- 1 October
- 15 January
- 1 April
The purpose of the scheme is to provide funding to support the dissemination of MRC and MRF-funded research results beyond the scientific peer reviewed press, to patients, participants, practitioners (for example health professionals) and policy makers.
In this context, dissemination goes beyond making research results available through the traditional vehicles of journal publications and academic conference presentations.
The research result to be disseminated must have been published in a peer reviewed journal prior to the submission of the Alexander Fleming Dissemination Award application.
Grants of up to £30,000 are available.
Nuffield Research Placements give sixth form students hands-on experience of a professional research environment through a 4 - 6 week placement in their summer holidays. The programme is run by the Nuffield Foundation and works through regional networks to link talented students with organisations undertaking research. Nuffield work with over 200 different organisations including universities, commercial companies, voluntary organisations and research institutes.
By working with professional researchers, students gain an insight into a wide variety of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers. By providing a placement, your organisation can give someone a life-changing opportunity that will help transform them into a future scientist.
The Nuffield Foundation provide funding to cover students’ travel costs and providing bursaries to those students most in need to enable them to take up a placement.
The Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme was introduced to give financial support for the delivery of a range of pathology-related events throughout the UK. Grants of up to £1000 are available for individuals or organisations who wish to develop pathology-related public engagement activities or events.
The Innovation Grant Scheme aims to:
- Inspire innovative and creative pathology related public engagement projects and activities
- Raise public awareness of, and engagement with, pathology, in particular with those who would not normally engage with the topic
- Develop the science communication skills of pathologists and laboratory scientists
- Stimulate discussion about pathology between pathologists and the public in order to motivate, inspire and enthuse both parties about the value of pathology as the ‘science behind the cure’.
To be eligible, your proposal must:
- Include the involvement of pathologists and/or laboratory scientists as a key part of the activity
- Be pathology-based and explore underlying concepts and issues, rather than just providing information.
To support the organisation and delivery of outreach activities, aimed at school children and/or the general public.
These activities should aim to engage people with hormones and their impacts and could include:
- A public or school discussion or workshop focusing on an aspect of endocrinology
- Hosting a stand at a science festival
- Developing online/video/audio/print resources
- These grants are available to both Society for Endocrinology members and public engagement professionals
- Non–members applying for grants must submit evidence of managing previous successful public engagement events.
Deadlines for this grant are in March and September.
Public Engagement Grants of up to £20,000 are available to both Members and non-Members of The Society to promote the discussion of physiology with public audiences.
The grants should be used to increase understanding and awareness of physiology with the aim of engaging study at higher education and beyond, and to promote The Society, its vision and its activities. We encourage collaborative applications, including those between expert science communicators, facilitators of public engagement, artists, musicians, thespians and our Members.
Applications should meet one of the following aims:
- To increase understanding and awareness of physiology amongst the non-expert public.
- To increase awareness of the opportunities available to those who pursue physiology in their education.
- To increase engagement with physiology research.
Priority will be given to applicants with projects aiming to reach 16-25 year olds as part of their target audience.
Applications of up to £500 for smaller projects, will be considered throughout the year. Applications for over £500 need to be submitted by 31st January.
Do you have a great idea for bringing research alive in school?
Partnership Grants of up to £3000 are available to schools to enable students, aged 5 – 18, to carry out science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) projects.
The Partnership Grants scheme offers up to £3000 to UK schools or colleges to buy equipment to run a STEM investigation project in partnership with a STEM professional (research or industry). Successful projects:
- Deliver a better understanding of the latest developments in STEM;
- Improve perceptions of those working in STEM professions;
- Give students pride and ownership in STEM from participation in the investigative process.
Applications need to be made jointly between the two project partners, where the partnership needs to be established before starting the application. The two partners are:
- School partner: any teacher or support staff at the main school, such as a computing teacher or a science technician; and a
- STEM partner: an individual that is currently working in a STEM related profession, such as a researcher or analyst.
The deadline for applications is in February.
Engagement Fellowships support and develop the careers of emerging leaders in public engagement.
Engagement Fellowships are open to a wide range of people, including:
- professional science communicators
- academics exploring health and wellbeing (eg, biomedical or social scientists and medical historians)
- clinicians or healthcare professionals
- professionals working in the arts and creative industries.
You can apply for an Engagement Fellowship if you have at least three years' experience of engaging the public with ideas around health and wellbeing.
An Engagement Fellowship is for up to two years. The support includes:
- Salary or salary buyout
- Project costs
- Travel and subsistence
- Training (where appropriate)
The Public Engagement Fund is open to individuals and organisations (commercial and not-for-profit). Your project must focus on health, although this doesn’t need to be your organisation’s main focus or core activity. Grants of between £25,000 - £3 million are available.
We’re looking for creative approaches to engage the public. Your project needs to support our public engagement goals, so it should do at least one of the following:
- empower people by helping them to access, use, respond to, and/or participate in health research and innovation
- improve health research by making it more people-centred, to better understand people’s experiences and draw on that knowledge
- help people to value and think critically about science, health research, innovation and the role these play in society.
To be successful, your project must also do one of the following:
- innovate or try new ways of working
- develop an existing activity where you have evidence that it has been successful, either by exploring ways to make it sustainable or by scaling it up in a cost-effective manner
- learn from a successful engagement activity delivered by you or others, and replicate it with a new audience, eg a different demographic or location.
We’re especially interested in work which promotes diversity and inclusion, and engages people and communities who are affected by social and economic disadvantage.
Applications are accepted throughout the year.
The Granada Foundation was established in 1965 (known as the Northern Arts and Sciences Foundation until its name change in 1972) to encourage the study and appreciation of the fine arts and sciences and to promote education, with a particular interest in activity in the North West of England.
The Foundation welcomes applications which aim to engage and inspire young people and adults to take an interest in science.
Please note only projects taking place in the North West of England will be considered.
The Advisory Council meets three times a year at regular intervals (usually in February, June and October) to consider applications.
The Society offers grants of up to £1000 to fund relevant science promotion initiatives or to support developments likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology.
Full, Full Concessionary or Postgraduate Student Members residing in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
A variety of educational outreach activities to promote public engagement with microbiology will be considered for support. These might include:
- Talks, workshops, demonstrations, posters, leaflets, broadcasts, activities at science festivals and audio-visual or computer-based packages.
- Activities that take place as part of a National Science and Engineering Week event at the applicant's place of work
Deadlines for applications are 1st April and 1st October.
Applications are reviewed against the following criteria:
- The project is relevant to microbiology
- The project has clear aims that are realistically achievable in the proposed time frame
- The activity is clearly described and technically feasible
- The project is innovative and/or timely
- There is clear benefit to the target audience
- The applicant, and any support staff, has the required expertise to support the project through to successful completion
- The evaluation methods are adequately described and appropriate
- The project has sustainability
- Full and reasonable costings are given