Public Engagement Small Grants Scheme

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Focus on the Microcosmos: A project with school children about malaria diagnosis, past & present (Credit: Ailie Robinson)

The Public Engagement Small Grants Scheme provides up to £1,000 for LSHTM staff and doctoral students in any Faculty or MRC Unit to plan and deliver public engagement projects about our research. In 2019, we introduced one Continued Development Grant of £3,000-£5,000 for a project which builds on previous engagement activities, learning and/or public engagement experience.

We are pleased to announce the awardees in the 2019 round of the Public Engagement Small Grants Scheme. Read all about the successful applicants and their projects.

Applications for 2019 are now closed. We expect to open the next funding round in spring 2020. For information about how to apply, including the Grant Application Form, Scheme dates, and where to go for advice and support, please log on to the intranet.

What is the funding for?

  • To increase opportunities for members of the public, in the UK and internationally, to engage in mutually beneficial dialogue with LSHTM staff and students
  • To offer staff and students the chance to engage creatively with non-academics to develop their public engagement skills and feed back into their work
  • To stimulate, support and trial public engagement ideas and approaches, and share these experiences

What has been funded in the past?

Projects have taken place worldwide in over 17 countries on topics as diverse as electronic health records, mental health, HIV testing, diabetes, health in prisons, and infection mapping. Read more about these excellent projects.

How did the Small Grants Scheme start?

The Public Engagement Small Grants Scheme was initiated by Joanna Schellenberg (Department of Disease Control) and Philippe Mayaud (Department of Clinical Research) in 2015 through the Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Leadership Programme. It expanded to all four Departments in the Faculty of Infectious & Tropical Diseases in 2016 through Faculty funding. Thanks to generous funding from the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund and the individual Faculties, the Scheme has been available across LSHTM since 2017.

The bitter taste of sugar: A community project in Zambia to give people with diabetes a voice (Credit: Sarah Lou Bailey)