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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 and we will add this to the page.


Call for Evidence - Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living Inquiry

While life span has increased over recent decades, health span, the period of time people live in good health, has generally not kept pace, and so older people are living longer with ill health. This inquiry will investigate how approaches from science and technology could be used to increase health span, to mitigate some of the negative effects of ageing, and to support older people living with poor health.

Wed 14 Aug 2019, 09:55 | Tags: Call for evidence

NERC Embedding Engagement Grant

Closing date for outline proposals: 16:00 on Monday 30 September 2019

NERC is creating a new strategy for public engagement with environmental science research.

The success of the strategy deeply relies on our partners and stakeholders that we create and collaborate with. This includes ensuring that it assists institutions, which enable engaged research to thrive. To support this, we are inviting proposals for small projects which will demonstrate how the NERC public engagement with research strategy aligns with activity that our community and institutions are, and plan to be, delivering.

Successful proposals will receive between £2,000 and £5,000 to deliver the project between November 2019 and March 2020. One page proposals for projects must be submitted by 16:00 on Monday 30 September 2019. Shortlisted projects will be invited to present their proposal on Tuesday 15 October and will be advised on the day if they have been successful.

Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee - Call for Evidence

The Committee is seeking evidence on the impact of digital technologies on political campaigning, the electoral process, our understanding of the truth and public's wider engagement with politics and political debate.

How can digital technology be used to support and promote responsible, participatory democracy and not undermine it?

For a full list of the questions visit the inquiry page.

You can watch a short video about the inquiry on the Committee's Twitter page and view a handy guide on how to set out your submission.

The deadline for written submissions is Friday 20 September 2019.

Mon 29 Jul 2019, 10:05 | Tags: Event Opportunity

British Ecological Society Outreach Grants

The ecology as the scientific study of the distribution, abundance and dynamics of organisms, their interactions with other organisms and their physical environment. Applications should promote and engage the public with the science of ecology. Grants will not be awarded for purely nature conservation purposes or any activity that does not promote the science of ecology.

We support projects that:

Increase public understanding of, and engagement with, ecology

Stimulate discussion about ecology and its implications for society

Inspire and enthuse people of all ages about the science of ecology, especially those not previously interested

Develop skills in communicating the science of ecology


The second grant round of 2019 is now OPEN. Deadline: Monday 9 September at 17:00 (BST).

New Generation Thinkers 2020

New Generation Thinkers was launched in November 2010 at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas. Since then, over 500 academics have attended AHRC and BBC workshops and developed programme ideas. Each year 10 academics are selected to be New Generation Thinkers. They have the opportunity to attend training with both the BBC and the AHRC before embarking on a host of public engagement and media opportunities, not least with Radio 3.

This pioneering public engagement scheme aims to develop a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through working with the media and public engagement. It’s a chance for early career researchers to cultivate the skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community.

Closing Date: 08/10/2019

Creative Mornings

CreativeMornings is a global breakfast lecture series serving local creative communities in over 200 cities. CreativeMornings events are free of charge and always will be. Events happen on a monthly basis typically featuring an inspiring talk and breakfast.

Leamington’s bubbling with creative talent and we want to offer a space for it to be shouted about. We want CreativeMornings to be somewhere you can hear people talking about their failures as easily as their successes, somewhere that collaborations and conversations can begin at our monthly encounters and continue in the weeks between. Somewhere you get that hit of inspiration we all need from time to time. We want CreativeMornings to be the first date in your diary for the next month.

CreativeMornings feature a variety of speakers based around a theme.

If you are interested in speaking at a CreativeMornings event, please contact Chris on:


Pecha Kucha

PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps -- just about anything, really -- in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. Every PechaKucha Night city is hosted by a local organiser, who has an annual Handshake Agreement with PechaKucha HQ to run their event series. This ensures that each PechaKucha Night is relevant to their city- and can create a unique platform to uncover that city's creativity.

There are Pecha Kucha nights in Coventry and Leamington Spa.

The British Pharmacological Society - Seed Engagement Grants

The British Pharmacological Society invites applications for its seed engagement grants. These support the creation or development of high quality engagement activities for communicating pharmacology to a student, stakeholder or public audience.

Applicants are typically expected to be members of the society for at least 12 months.

Grants are worth up to £250 each.

Tue 02 Jul 2019, 08:58 | Tags: External funding

Royal Academy of Engineering - Ingenious Public Engagement Awards

Ingenious is an awards scheme for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering while providing engineers with skills and opportunities in public engagement.

We prioritise projects that reach diverse and underrepresented audiences including communities in the most deprived neighbourhoods in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and that engage with engineers and people of different genders, ages and ethnic backgrounds

Awards are worth between £3,000 to £30,000 per project.

Closing Date: 4pm, 23rd September 2019

BERA Public Engagement and Impact Award

The British Educational Research Association Public Engagement & Impact Award recognises the important impact of research and practice in the education community and celebrates significant educational research and its activities that have demonstrably engaged the public

The primary applicant must be a BERA member to apply.

Prize Details

Featured article in BERA’s magazine Research Intelligence
Your research presented as a BERA Blog

For 2019 we will be offering two prizes- one for individuals and one for research teams

The deadline to apply is 27 September 2019

Tue 25 Jun 2019, 10:33 | Tags: Faculty of Social Sciences External funding

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 Apr 2019, 09:13 | Tags: Event Opportunity

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.

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

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

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)

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.

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.

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 Jul 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.

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