Grants and awards
Funding needn’t be a barrier to sharing your work with public groups. There are grant schemes available that offer public engagement funds for researchers and clinicians to both extend the scope of existing research, and develop discrete projects.
[Image: Visual minutes from Dr Alex Mold's "Communicating Health, Communicating Disease" public film evening]
Public engagement funding for Wellcome Trust-funded researchers
- The Provision for Public Engagement (PDF)
Ring-fenced funding for public engagement that runs alongside the lifetime of the grant.
Public engagement funding schemes for all
- Royal College of Pathologists public engagement innovation grant scheme
Support to develop and deliver pathology-related activities.
Annual deadline in June, up to £1000.
- Society for General Microbiology Education and Outreach Grants
A variety of educational outreach activities to promote public engagement with microbiology.
Annual deadlines on 1 April and 1 October, up to £1000.
- The Physiological Society Public Engagement Grants
Funding to run public activities discussing physiology.
Annual deadline in February, up to £5000.
- The Royal Society Partnership Grants
Running innovative science projects in partnership with schools.
Annual deadline in February, up to £3000.
- WellcomeTrust International Engagement Awards
Biomedical science-based projects in low and middle income countries.
Next deadlines for expressions of interest are 19 February and 19 August 2016, up to £30,000.
- WellcomeTrust People Awards
Projects that enable the public to explore biomedical science and its impact on society and culture. Four deadlines a year, up to £40,000. Next deadline is 19 February 2016
- WellcomeTrust Development Awards (Broadcast, Games and Film)
The development of broadcast, games or film proposals that engage audiences with biomedical science in innovative and entertaining ways.
Applications may be submitted at any point in the year, up to £10,000.
- WellcomeTrust Engagement Fellowships
Supporting and developing upcoming stars in public engagement with science.
The deadline for preliminary application in the 2015 funding round has now passed. It is anticipated that next year's deadline will be in February 2016.
- Economic and Social Research Council Festival of Social Science
ESRC offers grants for public engagement activities that give an insight into social science research. This year's Festival will be taking place from 5-12 November 2016. ESRC usually offers up to £1,500 to support the running of public activities.
- Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund
Grants for projects that raise awareness of chemistry and develop science communication skills in this area, from £2000 to £50,000.
Next deadlines for small, medium and large grants are 29 April and 28 October 2016.
- Society for Endocrinology Public Engagement Grants
Grants for outreach to communicate the science of endocrinology. Grants of up to £2000, applications accepted on a rolling basis. Next application review dates are 31 March and 30 September 2016.
- Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious awards scheme
Awards for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering. Grants of £3000 to £30,000. The next round will open in Summer 2016.
- Royal Society of Biology Science Communication Awards
These awards are for researchers, including masters and PhD students, working in UK biosciences to recognise outstanding outreach work that informs, enthuses and engages the public.
If you would like to talk through a grant in more detail, or are aware of other grants and awards that should be listed, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.