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Events 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).

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


Society for Endocrinology Public Engagement Grants

These support the organisation and delivery of outreach activities, aimed at school children or the general public, that engage audiences with hormones and the impact of endocrinology. Grants are worth up to £1,000.

Maximum award: £1,000

Closing date: 27 Mar 19 (recurring)

Mon 10 December 2018, 09:05 | Tags: External funding Faculty of Science Medical School

Wellcome Engagement Fellowships

Engagement Fellowships

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its engagement fellowships. These support and develop the careers of emerging leaders from a range of backgrounds so they can engage with the public in health research.

The self-directed fellowships enable candidates to do the following:

•transform the ways in which organisations or platforms involve the public in health research;

•build new networks and share learning;

•shape future professional opportunities;

•develop as a leader

You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT). For more informaion please visit Wellcome's webpages.

MRC Festival Open Award

The MRC Festival of Medical Research Open Award is available to MRC-funded researchers, including MRC-funded units, centres and institutes requiring additional funding, plus collaborations of MRC-grant holders, participating in the MRC Festival.

To be eligible for the award, activities must meet the MRC Festival aims and take place during the MRC Festival period of 13-23 June 2019. The activities should be MRC Festival branded and distinct from any other science festival.

To apply, please submit your application by Thursday 31 January 2019 using the online survey.

Mon 10 December 2018, 08:56 | Tags: External funding Faculty of Science Medical School

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.

Mon 19 November 2018, 09:23 | Tags: External funding

Celebrating Impact Prize - Economic and Social Research Council, GB

The Economic and Social Research Council invites applications for its celebrating impact prize. This recognises and rewards ESRC-funded researchers and ESRC associates who have achieved, or are currently achieving, economic or social impacts through their social science research and collaborative working, partnerships, engagement and knowledge exchange activities. There are six categories for the prize:

•outstanding impact in business and enterprise;

•outstanding impact in public policy;

•outstanding impact in society;

•outstanding international impact;

•outstanding early career impact;

•impact champion.

Eligible candidates include individuals and teams who are current or previous ESRC-funded researchers or fellows. Applicants for the early-career prize must be current ESRC-funded doctoral students or individuals who completed their ESRC doctoral studentship in the last four years. The impact champion prize must fulfil all of the previous criteria and is only open to individuals, and the candidate may nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. Each applicant may enter one application by category and up to three applications in total.

A prize of £10,000 will be made to the winners of each category. Prizes are expected to be used within one year towards further knowledge exchange, public engagement or other communications activities to promote economic and social impacts of research.

Mon 19 November 2018, 09:23 | Tags: 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

Wellcome Research Enrichment Funding

The Wellcome Trust invites applications for its research enrichment funding. This enables current Wellcome grant holders to increase the impact of their work in regards to public engagement, open research, and diversity and inclusion. Three types of funding are available:

•public engagement – helps applicants engage the public with their research, worth up to £250,000 or five per cent of the main Wellcome grant;

•open research – supports applicants in developing innovative ways to make their research open, accessible and reusable, worth up to £50,000;

•diversity and inclusion – enables applicants to identify and tackle barriers to diversity and inclusion in their work, worth up to £20,000.

Current Wellcome-funded lead applicant grant holders or successful applicants to a Wellcome scheme may apply. Applicants must be funded through an eligible Wellcome funding scheme, which excludes master’s and PhD level funding among several other awards.

Funding lasts until the end of the main Wellcome grant.

Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund - Small Grants

The Royal Society of Chemistry invites applications for its outreach fund – small grants. These provide financial support to members, individuals and organisations in order to enable them to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities. Up to £2000 available. Deadline is 14th January 2019.

Mon 17 September 2018, 08:47 | Tags: Faculty of Science

The Coventry UK City of Culture Fund

There are two streams of funding available for artists, charities and other organisations to apply for.

1) The Get Ready Fund, with grants of up to £2,000 available, which can support a range of activity to help prepare for 2021. That could be everything from research, development and feasibility studies through to covering the costs of training or skills building courses.

2) The Road to 2021 Fund and this offers grants of up to £10,000. It is aimed at those who want to trial projects which may form part of the programme in 2021, or to develop new partnerships across the arts and cultural sector.

Those applying for grant funding are being encouraged to consider the four themes of Coventry’s UK City of Culture programme – Being Human, Moving, Underground and Reinvention, and to think about how their proposed activity will help to achieve step changes across the city.

All applications will be received by the Heart of England Community Foundation, which will manage the whole process on behalf of the Coventry City of Culture Trust.

The funding programme will be open on a rolling basis until the fund is expended. Applicants will hear an outcome within 13 weeks of submitting a complete application.

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