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Events, Opportunities to Engage, and Funding

This page is populated by the public engagement team as they become aware of funding opportunities, or opportunities to run an activity as part of someone else's event (e.g. a science tent at a music or arts festival). Please use the tags on the right hand side to filter out activities that are of most relevance to you.

If you are aware of current funding for public engagement activity not listed here, please email public-engagement@warwick.ac.uk and we will add this to the page.

 

Warwick Christmas Lectures - call now open!

Would you like to take the stage in the Butterworth Hall and share your passion for science with over a thousand school children, young people, families and adults?

The Warwick Christmas Lectures have been running at the university for 8 years and are looking for enthusiastic and engaging scientists to share their expertise with a family audience. You could be a PhD student, academic, or anywhere in between.

Click on the title for more details.


I'm a Scientist Get me Out of Here!

The zones have been announced for the next I'm a Scientist and I'm an Engineer events. This June students will connect with people working in mental health psychology, particle physics, biomedical engineering, plant science (fitting for spring 🌳) and more.

People you know working in science/engineering, and teachers, can apply now to take part. See the blog posts below for more about the zones this summer, supported by STFC, British Psychological Society, MRC and Wellcome

Fore more information and to apply, please visit the website.

Fri 05 April 2019, 09:13 | Tags: Event Opportunity

Alzheimer's Research UK Inspire fund – public engagement grant

This supports innovative projects that engage the public with dementia and the research going on into the condition. Grants are worth up to £30,000 for projects of up to one year’s duration.

Maximum award: £30,000

Closing date: 31 May 19


New Scientist Live!

New Scientist Live is an award-winning, festival of ideas and discoveries for everyone curious about science and why it matters. From 10-13th October, we’re bringing together more than 140 speakers and 100 exhibitors at ExCeL to create an unrivalled atmosphere and energy, packed with thought-provoking talks, ground-breaking discoveries, interactive experiences, workshops and performances.

There are several ways to get involved…

  • You can nominate a speaker (or put yourself forward) by using this form:
  • You can book a stand by contacting me on the details below.

There is a charge for exhibiting at the festival and a small honorarium for speakers. We are particularly keen to hear from you if you can give a talk on one of these themes:

  • science to save the planet
  • the moon
  • engineering is everywhere
  • the future of healthcare
  • technology that changes what it means to be human

This year, we are introducing a dedicated schools day and we are working with STEM Learning to attract 1,000 school children from a disadvantaged background. We are really keen to support researchers to participate, and to provide opportunities for them to involve some of their priority audiences.

To book a stand please contact Jaqui on:

Jacqui McCarron​

| Sales Director

T +44 2076 111248

M +44 7584 183925

E Jacqui.McCarron@newscientist.com


Wolfson Fellowships - British Academy

These support early-career researchers in humanities and social sciences who show talent in both research and public engagement, emphasising and demonstrating the importance of academic research and creative thought at a time of rapid political and societal change. Approximately six fellowships are available worth up to £130,000 each over three years.

Maximum award: £130,000


University of the Third Age (U3A)

The U3A (The University of the Third Age) is a UK-wide movement which brings together people in their ‘third age’ to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment.

If you’re wondering what we mean by the third age - it is a time after you have finished working full-time or raising your family and have time to pursue your interests or just try something new.

U3A has a ‘university’ of members who draw upon their knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other but there are no qualifications to pass – it is just for pleasure. Learning is its own reward.

It's all voluntary; a typical U3A will be home to many activity groups covering hundreds of different subjects - from art to zoology and everything in between.

There are a range of groups across Coventry and Warwickshire (within the West Midlands region) who are always interested in having speakers attend their meetings.

Please get in touch with the PE team who have contacts with most groups.


STFC Spark Awards

The 2019A call for the STFC Public Engagement Spark Awards opens on 14 March 2019 and closes on 2 May 2019.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council invites applications for its public engagement spark awards. These support programmes of novel public engagement that focus on a topic within the council’s remit, which includes astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science, or align to the science and technology work of the council’s national and international laboratories and facilities. Applications that highlight the social, ethical, and economic benefits of research are welcomed. Applicants are encouraged to propose novel or innovative approaches towards engagement, and to propose engagement with audiences considered to have low science capital. They are also explicitly invited to work with the wonder initiative’s target audience of eight to 14 year olds and their families and carers from the 40 per cent most socioeconomically-deprived areas of the UK. Digital content is only funded as part of a wider engagement programme.

Applicant organisations must be based in the UK and must have audited accounts. The target audiences of the project must be primarily UK residents. Almost anyone may apply, including grant-funded researchers, STFC scientists and engineers, facility users, schools, museums, science communicators and amateur astronomy groups. Each application must include a researcher in an STFC-funded area of science or technology.

Awards are worth up to £15,000 each. There are no set restrictions on the types of costs that may be applied for, but no more than £10,000 may be spent on equipment.


Being Human Festival

Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy, Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. In November each year the festival brings together universities, museums, galleries, archives, independent research organisations, community and commercial partners to make research in the humanities accessible to non-specialist audiences and demonstrate its relevance to our everyday lives.

WHEN: 14-23 NOVEMBER

THEME: Discoveries and Secrets

FUNDING AVAILABLE - funded deadline 8th April 2019

'Small Awards' - up to £1,500 to enable activities

'Hub Awards' - Apply for a larger grant of £2,000-4,000 to coordinate multiple activities as a festival hub

'Open Call' - Organise activities that do not require funding - deadline 3rd June 2019

Wed 13 February 2019, 13:30 | Tags: Faculty of Arts Faculty of Social Sciences External funding

Health Foundation - 10 Great Opportunities and Funding in 2019

The Health Foundation looks ahead to some of the key opportunities to get involved in thier grant programmes, research projects and fellowships over the coming year.


Evidence into Practice - *OPENING OCTOBER 2019*

Evidence into Practice is a programme of grants from the Health Foundation that funds the development of tools and resources, based on completed research studies, to support the implementation of findings in practice.

The Evidence into Practice programme is designed to help research teams bridge the gap from academic research findings, to actionable information for people practising in the field.

Eight projects received up to £50,000 to fund the development of tools and resources to support the implementation of findings in practice.

The aim with this programme is to support fresh ideas that have the potential to achieve impact and change to improve service delivery, including in non-acute settings.

Projects: The eight successful projects involve creative and innovative ideas which will translate findings from completed studies into tools and resources for practical application.


Cafe Scientifique Speaker Opportunities

The Cafe Scientifique group in Leamington Spa are currently looking for speakers to join their programme from May 2019 onwards.

As a group interested in a mutlitude of Scientific aspects, they have created a "wish list" on topics they would like to see covered:

  • Cosmology and the changing perspective from modern telescopes
  • Graphene and other 2 dimensional materials, what are they and their impact
  • Mathematical Modelling, applications, strengths and weaknesses
  • How to make cities sustainable starting from where we are now
  • Advances in housing technology
  • How will we feed ourselves in a changing world?
  • The changing view of evolution given recent paleontological discoveries
  • Quantum computing, where is it now and where is it going.
  • Vehicle technology, where is it now and where is it going
  • Artificial Intelligence, where is it now and where is it going
  • Formation of research projects, their funding and ethical considerations

If you would like to speak about any of these topics, please feel free to get touch directly with Robin Cathcart on robin.cathcart99@btinternet.com

More details of where the group meets can be found on their website.


Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Grants

he Outreach Fund provides financial support to members, individuals and organisations in order to enable them to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.

Through the fund they aim to support projects that:

  • maximise members' outreach and engagement contribution
  • offer teachers a range of effective curriculum-enriching activities and opportunities to further engage their students with outreach
  • provide hard-to-reach student audiences with inspiring chemistry engagement opportunities, delivered or coordinated by skilled people
  • increase chemistry and chemists' influence in public discourse and decision-making in line with the findings of the Public Attitude to Chemistry research.

The Outreach Fund is split into two categories:

  • Small grants - up to £2,000
  • Large grants - between £2,000 and £10,000

This means that we can fund everything from a one-off event, all the way up to large programmes of activity.

Deadline for both grants: 13th May 2019


WQBP Public Engagement Fund

We're pleased to announce the WQBP (Warwick Quantitative Biomedicine Programme) Public Engagement (PE) Fund is now open for applications for the 2018/19 academic year. The purpose of the PE Fund is to pump-prime small strategic projects in public engagement, specifically for people wishing to engage the public with their research activity. Applications are welcomed from all Warwick researchers from any Department whose research has a health or medicine-related focus.


This years application process will keep remain open through out the year with no set deadline for applications to be in by, however please allow up to 4 weeks for a decision to be made on each application.
Full guidance for the project is available. Please read this carefully before submitting an application. Any questions or for advice on putting together your application can be submitted to Matt Teft (WQBP Public Engagement Officer) matt.teft@warwick.ac.uk.


Follow-on funding for impact and engagement scheme - Arts and Humanities Research Council, GB

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, under the research grants scheme, invites applications for its follow-on funding for impact and engagement grants. These support innovative and creative engagements with new audiences and user communities that stimulate pathways to impact within the area of arts and humanities. Funds are awarded for knowledge exchange, public engagement, dissemination and commercialisation activities that arise unforeseeably during the lifespan of, or following, an AHRC-funded project. The scheme does not support supplementary funding for continuation of research activities or substantively new projects. The scheme has the following aims:

•explore unforeseen pathways to impact either within the lifespan of an AHRC research project or resulting from a completed research project;

•enhance the value and benefits of AHRC-funded research beyond academia;

•encourage and facilitate a range of interactions and creative engagements between arts and humanities research and a variety of user communities.

Proposed activities must enhance the value and wider benefit of the original research project, and clearly demonstrate how they will deliver significant economic, social, cultural or policy impacts. Proposals must clearly demonstrate both a well-defined non-academic need for the work, and engagement with potential users and stakeholders in developing their project. They must be based on either previous or current research directly funded by the AHRC, excluding research conducted under masters, doctoral or collaborative doctoral and knowledge transfer partnerships. They may also be based on research co-funded or funded entirely by another UK research council, or funded under a UKRI supported scheme if they fall within the AHRC’s remit. The project must be led by the original principal investigator or a member of the original team if appropriate. PIs must be resident in the UK and they must be actively engaged in postdoctoral research and be of postdoctoral standing. International co-investigators can be included.

Grants are worth up to £100,000 over a maximum period of one year. Smaller grants of up to £30,000 may be awarded for shorter or higher risk activities.

Mon 19 November 2018, 09:23 | Tags: Faculty of Arts Faculty of Social Sciences External funding

COMING SOON: Wolfson fellowships for global engagement

This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open shortly. The following information is subject to change. ***

The British Academy, in collaboration with the Wolfson Foundation, invites applications for the Wolfson fellowships for global engagement. These give early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences the freedom to focus on research and ensure it reaches a global audience. The aim is to nurture the next generation of research leaders and encourage a global outlook, both in the content of research and in forging links with an international community of experts. In addition, the British Academy intends to create the Gladstone Institute network that enables early career researchers to collaborate across subjects and institutions to inform policy and practice beyond the academic world.

Early career researches in the humanities and social sciences in the UK may apply.

The total budget is £10 million.

Mon 12 November 2018, 09:28 | Tags: Faculty of Arts Faculty of Social Sciences External funding

Science and Technologies Facilities Council Public Engagement Grants - Various

There is currently various grants available through the STFC:

Public engagement spark awards

These support programmes of novel public engagement that focus on a topic within the council’s remit, which includes astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science. Awards are worth up to £15,000 each.

Maximum award: £15,000

Closing date: 25 Oct 18 (recurring)


Public engagement nucleus awards

These support novel public engagement programmes that inspire and involve target audiences with stories of STFC science and technology, as well as building and sustaining public engagement networks that develop communities of practice. Awards are worth up to £100,000 each over three years.

Maximum award: £100,000

Closing date: 08 Nov 18 (recurring)


Public engagement legacy awards

These enable STFC grant-funded public engagement programmes to continue to grow and evolve over time. Grants are worth up to £50,000.

Maximum award: £50,000

Closing date: 20 Feb 19 (recurring)


Leadership fellows in public engagement

This enables researchers in an STFC-funded area of science and technology to deliver a prolonged, thematic programme of public engagement at an institution, covering multiple different events and activities. Grants are worth up to £100,000 for an estimated period of three years.

Maximum award: £100,000

Closing date: 21 Feb 19

Tue 10 July 2018, 09:45 | Tags: Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine

The Physiological Society - Public Engagement Grants

Public Engagement Grants of up to £5,000 are available to both Member and non-Members of The Society to promote the discussion of physiology with public audiences.

We encourage collaborative applications, including those between expert science communicators, facilitators of public engagement, artists, musicians, thespians and our Members. Please contact the Society if you would like to be connected with a physiologist.

The grant scheme aims to:

  • Inspire creative public engagement with physiology

  • Stimulate physiologists to share their stories, passion and expertise in innovative ways with wider audiences, particularly those that are traditionally hard to reach

  • Increase dialogue between researchers and the public, in particular on topics such as the relevance of research to health, medicine and performance.

  • Produce materials and resources which can be used for further public engagement and outreach work.

Projects should:

  • Deliver a better understanding of physiology to lay audiences.

  • Consider longevity and legacy.

  • Consider impact on both audiences and researchers.

Applications can be submitted all year round, with two funding rounds.
The deadlines for the scheme are January 14 and June 14. Please note that reviews can take up to 6 weeks.


Arts Council National Lottery project grants

Award: 1000 - 15,000 (10% partnership funding from sources other than Arts Council)

Individuals and organisations can apply.

Closing Date: No Deadline

  • This fund supports a broad range of not-for-profit projects that create and sustain quality work and help people across England to engage with arts and culture.
  • The programme supports development by allowing artists, cultural practitioners and organisations to work in new ways and to get their work out to new audiences.
  • The programme supports projects focused on the following artforms and disciplines: music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, combined arts, museum practise and arts-focused projects in libraries
  • Projects may also work with these artforms in other contexts, including: film, audio, design, gaming, digital technology and VR, non-arts organisations/settings, non-arts cultural forms e..g health and wellbeing and social inclusion, national activiites with national impact, reach and significance

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

Award: 15,000 - 100,000 (10% partnership funding from sources other than Arts Council)

Individuals and organisations can apply.

Closing Date: No Deadline

  • This fund supports a broad range of not-for-profit projects that create and sustain quality work and help people across England to engage with arts and culture.
  • The programme supports development by allowing artists, cultural practitioners and organisations to work in new ways and to get their work out to new audiences.
  • The programme supports projects focused on the following artforms and disciplines: music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, combined arts, museum practise and arts-focused projects in libraries
  • Projects may also work with these artforms in other contexts, including: film, audio, design, gaming, digital technology and VR, non-arts organisations/settings, non-arts cultural forms e..g health and wellbeing and social inclusion, national activiites with national impact, reach and significance

Get involved in Being Human

Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Academy, Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

In November each year the festival brings together universities, museums, galleries, archives, independent research organisations, community and commercial partners to make research in the humanities accessible to non-specialist audiences and demonstrate its relevance to our everyday lives.

In 2018, the festival’s theme is ‘Origins and Endings’.

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