Public Engagement Small Grants Scheme

PE-Ailie's project-SGS2018
Focus on the Microcosmos: A project with school children about malaria diagnosis, past & present (Credit: Ailie Robinson)

The Public Engagement Small Grants Scheme provides funding for staff and doctoral students from any LSHTM Faculty or MRC Unit to develop and deliver public engagement projects about our research. Small-scale or pilot projects are invited to apply for the Small Grants Scheme, which provides funding of up to £1,000; and one Continued Development Grant of £3,000-£5,000 is available for a project which builds on previous engagement activities, learning and/or public engagement experience.

Applications for the 2022 Scheme are closed and the next call will reopen spring 2023. Staff and students should visit the intranet to find out more, including how to apply and where to obtain support developing your idea.

In 2021 we funded nine projects. Read more about them here.

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.

For information about how to apply and where to go for advice and support, please log on to the intranet.

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