Small grants scheme in public engagement

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

Call for applications now closed

The School’s Small Grants Scheme provides up to £1,000 for School staff and Research Degree students in any Faculty to plan and deliver public engagement projects about our research. The 2018 Scheme is now closed, and will reopen in spring 2019.

For information about how to apply, including the Grant Application Form, as well as where to go for advice and support please log on to the School’s intranet.


What is the funding for?

  • To increase opportunities for members of the public, in the UK and overseas, to engage in mutually beneficial dialogue with School staff & students
  • To offer staff & 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 in 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 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 the School since 2017.

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