Small grants scheme in public engagement

This internal grants scheme provides up to £1000 for School staff and Research Degree students in any Faculty to plan and deliver public engagement projects about our research.

Students in Pakistan discover how germs can spread using glitter (Photo courtesy of Sadia Saeed, Grant holder 2016)

Call for applications now open

Application deadline: Friday 2 June 2017 at 5pm

What is the funding for?

  • To increase opportunities for members of the public to engage in mutually beneficial dialogue with School staff & students in the UK and overseas
  • To offer staff & students the chance to engage creatively with non-academics in an area connected to the research of the School, to develop their public engagement skills and feed back into their work
  • To stimulate, support and trial public engagement ideas, methodologies and approaches, and share these experiences to inform the learning of others

Interested in hearing more about the Scheme?

Join us at the official launch event to learn more and hear from past grant holders

15th March from 5:30-7:00pm (Keppel Street, LG24)

Please register your attendance by emailing

Refreshments and light snacks provided.

How do I apply?

More information about the application can be found in the Applicant Notes on the School Intranet, along with the Grant Application Form. We strongly encourage you to read the Applicant Notes in full when considering your application. Completed application forms can be submitted to:

  • the Public Engagement Coordinator if you are in the Faculty of Public Health & Policy or Epidemiology & Population Health
  • the Public Engagement Officer in ITD if you are in the Faculty of Infectious & Tropical Diseases

Where can I go for advice?

If you have any questions or wish to discuss your public engagement idea prior to submission please contact (EPH and PHP) or (ITD).

What has been funded in the past?

Read about past small grants scheme projects from 2015 and 2016. Projects have taken place in eight countries on topics as diverse as sanitation, mental health, malaria, diabetes and infection mapping.

How did the Small Grants Scheme start?

The 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 in 2017 is available across the School for the first time.


Workshop in Zambia to give people living with diabetes a voice in the community (Photo courtesy of Sarah-Lou Bailey, Grant holder 2015)