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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.


ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

The University of Warwick is one of 26 UK universities receiving funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for its Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). The award, worth £1.1m in total, runs until 31 March 2023, and will fund collaborative projects in which social science researchers work with external stakeholders including policymakers, NGOs, businesses and public beneficiaries. Through a broader programme of events and initiatives, it will also support the continued enhancement of skills and culture around knowledge exchange within Warwick's social science community, building on Warwick's success in developing innovative ways to share the benefits of social sciences research.

Funding for Impact Activities

We currently offer two responsive funding pathways to enable the conversion of established research into impact through support for new engagement activities with non-academic stakeholders:

Evolving Impact

Grants of up to £10,000 to support activities that will accelerate the impact of social sciences research, and the development of relationships with non-academic partners.

Rapid Response

Grants of up to £3000 to enable social scientists to respond quickly to an unexpected, time-sensitive opportunity to accelerate the impact of their research.

Information and Applying

Essential Information

Prior to completing an application, it is crucial that you read the IAA funding guidance notes carefully - even if you have applied to the IAA before. The guidance provides full details of the funding pathways, eligibility and assessment criteria, and the application process.
You are also strongly encouraged to discuss your application proposal with the Impact Manager for your department, as they will be able to provide you with bespoke advice and guidance.

Click on the web link for more information on how to apply.

Various submission deadlines throughout the year.

BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account

Complementary to the IAS Early Career Innovation Fellowships, the BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account 2 (FTMA2) programme aims to support the exchange of personnel, perspectives and knowledge, skills and expertise between the academic and industrial sectors in a way that is in alignment with the Industrial Strategy.

The activities should aim to pump-prime the establishment of new academia-industry interactions and further develop existing ones. Furthermore, they can be used to support non-UK nationals undertake short-term secondments and research collaborations that are hosted within a UK research organisation (and involve industrial partners, where appropriate) and are aligned with the Industrial Strategy.

Fri 11 Oct 2019, 09:59 | Tags: Internal funding

Call for Evidence - Sustainable tourism inquiry

The Environmental Audit Committee launches an inquiry into sustainable tourism, looking at both the impacts of tourism and travel on the environment and how these can be reduced.

Thu 10 Oct 2019, 15:18 | Tags: Call for evidence

British Science Week 2020 - School and Community Grants

There are two grant schemes available to support British Science Week (6-15 March 2020) activities: one for schools and one for community groups.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 11 November 2019.

We cannot consider applications received after this date.

Kick Start Grants

This scheme offers grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own events as part of British Science Week. There are four options available:

  • Kick Start Youth grant: A grant of £150 for your school to run an activity organised by students aged 10-19
  • Kick Start grant: A grant of £300 for your school to run an activity for students at your school
  • Kick Start More grant: A grant of £700 for your school to run an activity which involves your students and the local community
  • NEW! Kick Start grant + Youth grant: A grant of £450 for your school to run an activity for British Science Week as well as an additional activity organised and delivered by students aged 10-19

Find out more and apply here.

Community Grants

This scheme offers £500 to £1000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity. Our definition of groups that are underrepresented in science includes:

  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people with low socio-economic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
  • people with a physical or mental condition or impairment
  • people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
  • girls and women

Find out more and apply here.

British Library - Goodison fellowship

This enables a fellow to take up a period of sustained engagement with the oral history collections in order to share the results in public domain. The fellowship is worth £5,000 for a period of three to 12 months.

Maximum award: £5,000

Closing date: 28 Oct 19 (recurring)

Mon 30 Sep 2019, 12:37 | Tags: Faculty of Arts Faculty of Social Sciences

Health Foundation - Exploring public attitudes and experiences of health inequalities

The tenderer will design and run a public engagement exercise that will inform a national conversation about health inequalities in the UK. The contract is worth between £100,000 and £120,000 and lasts for approximately six months.

Maximum award: £120,000

Closing date: 17 Oct 19

Public engagement with research award

This recognises former European Research Council grantees who have communicated their research to audiences outside of their domains, and demonstrated excellence in public engagement and outreach. Three awards are available.

Wellcome Research enrichment funding – public engagement and open research

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 and open research. Two types of funding are available:

•public engagement – helps applicants engage the public with their research, worth between £10,000 and £250,000;

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

Current Wellcome-funded lead applicant grant holders or successful applicants to a Wellcome scheme may apply for one or more award.

Funding lasts until the end of the main Wellcome grant.

ICWES is now calling for abstracts

Deadline: 27th October

The University of Warwick and the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES) have joined forces to host the 18th International Conference for Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES17), to be held at The University of Warwick, Coventry, UK 11 – 14 September 2020. Abstracts are now invited under the conference theme of Global Humanitarian Challenges.

You can also contact Georgia Kremmyda from the School of Engineering for further information.

Warwickshire County Council Councillors’ Grant Fund 2019-20

The online fund is also open to the communities of Kenilworth, Lapworth and North Leamington to apply directly to local County Councillors for funding, as outlined in the table above. In all other areas of Warwick District, funding can be applied for through the Warwick District Community Forum Grant Fund.

The Warwickshire County Council Councillors’ Grant Fund is aimed at community and voluntary organisations. It provides each of our 57 Councillors with a pot of £6,000 to support small-scale projects within their division that support the following outcomes:

  • Warwickshire’s communities and individuals are supported to be safe, healthy and independent
  • Warwickshire’s economy is vibrant and supported by the right jobs, training, skills and infrastructure

All applications should aim to build community solutions to local issues and improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Warwickshire. In particular, applications which address one or more of the following priority categories will be favoured:

  • improve community assets and their sustainability
  • improve access to services
  • improve financial capability
  • reduce loneliness and isolation
  • improve health and wellbeing

Who can apply?

  • Constituted ‘not-for-profit’ community organisations in Warwickshire
  • Non-constituted or new ‘not-for-profit’ groups working in Warwickshire that can be supported by a mainstream service or community group willing to administer the funds through an organisational bank account
  • Warwickshire Town and Parish Councils
  • Schools, if applying as a PTA or ‘Friends of’ group

Who cannot apply?

  • Groups or organisations that have failed to meet the conditions of previous award agreements from Warwickshire County Council’s Community Safety and Locality Working Service
  • Party Political groups
  • Individuals
  • It is unlikely that applications from statutory organisations will be supported, with the exception of applications from town and parish councils

What will not be funded by the grant fund?

  • Projects that promote religious or party political beliefs
  • Projects for personal profit
  • Costs relating to items purchased or work already carried out before the grant has been awarded
  • Loans or debt repayments
  • Activities that are part of statutory obligations
  • Running costs of an established group or activities which are that group’s main service
  • Existing contractual arrangements with WCC

AHRC: Follow-on funding call to develop the impact of past research on landscape decision-making

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for its follow-on funding call to develop the impact of past research on landscape decision-making. This seeks to enhance the impact and engagement of past and current UK Research and Innovation-funded arts and humanities or interdisciplinary research with the potential to make a greater contribution to landscape decision-making. The aim is to support moves towards a more holistic framework for land-use decision-making and the emergence of a new community from the diverse research base. The overarching key questions for this call include:

•how can land be managed to realise benefits for the environment, culture, society, communities, and individual creativity and well-being, both now and in the future?

•how can research and innovation provide more holistic approaches to support effective, real world land-use decisions that reflect the diverse heritage and cultural values associated with landscapes and deliver improvements to culture, health, well-being and the economy?

Applications may include different UK landscape scales, forms and time horizons, and cross-cultural and cross-national comparative and learning perspectives will be considered where the main focus is on the UK.

Proposals must focus on engagement with new non-academic audiences and user communities, which stimulate pathways to impact. Proposals must be based upon research that has been funded by AHRC or co-funded with another UK Research Council, funded entirely by another UK Research Council, or funded under UKRI supported schemes. Collaborative applications involving several networks or projects working together are welcomed. Individuals from business, third sector or government body based in the UK are eligible to be co-investigators.

The total budget for this call is £100,000 at 100 per cent full economic costs, to which the research councils will contribute 80 per cent. Funding lasts for up to two years.

UKRI: Enhancing place-based partnerships in public engagement

UK Research and Innovation invites applications for its call on enhancing place-based partnerships in public engagement. This supports capacity building in collaborative place-based public engagement between research organisations, partner organisations and communities. Projects and partnerships will be driven by a geographically defined community needs that can be approached by engagement with research and innovation and therefore shape and generate new learning. UKRI aims to support engagement that works with community partners and organisations from the 40 per cent most socioeconomically deprived areas of the UK. The objectives for the call are to:

•initiate or enhance partnerships between research and community partners and organisations in areas of the UK experiencing significant disadvantage, where there is an opportunity to engage with research and innovation;

•align with the objectives of other place-based funding and policy work in recognising the role of place in research and innovation;

•demonstrate collaborative engagement with research and innovation through research organisations, communities and partner organisations, investing in new or tried-and-tested co-production methodologies;

•learn from these approaches and utilise that learning to build collaborative capacity that supports productive interactions between research organisations and communities.

UK HEIs, research institutes, NHS bodies and other independent research organisations may apply. Only applications submitted through the office of the pro vice-chancellor or equivalent will be accepted. Research organisations may only be the lead organisation on one bid and a partner on another.

The total budget is worth up to £500,000 to support at least 15 projects. Grants are worth between £15,000 and £40,000 each over four months. Matched co-investment of at least one third of the funds requested by UKRI must be provided by the lead research organisation or some or all of the partner organisations and research organisations leading the bid to support the projects for an additional two months.

Engineering Engagement Champions Call

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council invites proposals for its engineering engagement champions. This seeks to enable researchers to undertake public engagement activities in order to inspire and interact with the public and attract them to engineering and physical sciences. These activities should focus on specific stakeholder groups, such as individuals of particular protected characteristics who may be underrepresented in engineering, education sector stakeholders or government representatives. The aim of this call is to enhance the public understanding and appreciation of the importance of investment in engineering and physical sciences research. Proposals should address one or more of the following objectives:

•inspire – to contribute to ensuring that society is inspired by the contribution that engineering and physical sciences can make to life in the UK and the wide range of benefits that it provides;

•attract – to showcase the range and desirability of STEM careers to attract future workforces;

•interact – to empower our communities to collaborate and interact with society as a whole throughout the research process to achieve the maximum benefits from our funding.

Only applicants named on past or present EPSRC grants are eligible to apply. The principal investigator must be resident in the UK and an academic employee at the lecturer or equivalent level at an eligible organisation, which may be a higher education institution, a research institute funded by a research council or an independent research organisation. It is expected that applicants will be active researchers in engineering and physical sciences, however this funding is to support public engagement activities to sit alongside core research.

A total of £1.5 million is available to fund up to 10 projects for between two and three years. Funding covers costs for staff time, overheads, and consumables associated with public engagement and wider outreach activities.

Big biology day grant

The Royal Society of Biology invites applications for its big biology day grant. This supports the celebration of life sciences and engages the public and families with an array of outreach activities that cover a large range of bioscience topics through a one-day science festival. Events should aim to:

•increase understanding of, and engagement with, the biological sciences;

•increase the accessibility of the biosciences to those who do not work in the field;

•engage audiences with current developments in biology that are relevant to their everyday lives;

•reach out to audiences that do not have as frequent opportunities to increase their science capital;

•tackle people’s stereotypes and preconceptions of those working in the biosciences.

All individual members of the society at all membership grades based anywhere in the world may apply. Applications may be submitted by organisational members and on behalf of an organisation or institution if the main contact is an individual society member. Projects must be of an non-profit nature and are usually held in schools or community buildings. Joint applications are welcome.

A total of 10 grants, worth up to £500 each, are available. Funding may be used for promotion, facility hire, and equipment. Projects must be held between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020.

Closing date: 01 Nov 19

Engineering Engagement Champions (Pilot)

Closing date: 07 November

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has up to £1.5 million available through the Engineering Theme to provide bespoke support to EPSRC researchers in our community to undertake public engagement activities in order to inspire, and interact with the public as well as attract them to Engineering and Physical Sciences.

£1.5m is available to support up to 10 Champions through this call. Applicants must have been named on an EPSRC grant within the last 5 years. Applications are invited from all career stages.

It is expected that applicants will be active researchers in engineering and physical sciences, however this funding is to support public engagement activities to sit alongside core research. These activities could include, but are not limited to, engagement with individuals of particular protected characteristics who may be underrepresented in engineering, education sector stakeholders or government representatives.

Through this call resources can be requested to cover staff time, overheads, and consumables associated with public engagement and wider outreach activities. Applicants can apply for between 0.2 to 0.5 FTE for up to 24-36 months.

Applicants will be expected to evaluate the impact of their activities and include a one page summary of their approach to evaluation in the proposal document.

Funding for technical research is not available in this call, please refer to standard routes for this funding.

EPSRC will work in partnership to deliver specific training and networking opportunities for applicants funded through this call.

Cheltenham Science Festival - Open Call

Cheltenham Science Festival is a 6-day celebration of science, jam-packed with thought-provoking discussions, energetic schools shows, hands-on workshops, mindblowing performances and interactive exhibitions.

From 2 to 7 June 2020, our beautiful regency town of Cheltenham will welcome schools, families and adults to join scientists, engineers, comedians, writers, mathematicians, performers and other science enthusiasts to explore the world around them in new ways. The Festival primarily takes place in the Cheltenham Town Hall and on Imperial Gardens.

You can apply separately to be part of our schools programme, our adult and family programme, our interactive zones and on our festival village or around Cheltenham town.

Application Forms and Deadlines

Find out more about us here and click through to the links below to apply.

Schools events: 9am Monday 16 September 2019
Adult and family events: Midday Friday 18 October 2019
Festival site and around town activities: Midday Friday 22 November 2019
Interactive zones: Midday Friday 20 December 2019

British Pharmacological Society - Public engagement bursary

As a member, you can apply for a bursary to help you develop public engagement skills. You can receive up to £750 to help you become a better champion of pharmacology.


To be eligible you need to:

  • outline why you want to be a pharmacology champion
  • include plans on how you will use the skills you will learn


To apply you will need to complete the bursary application form by the 25 October.

STFC Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement

STFC Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement undertake high quality programmes of engagement and outreach while concurrently acting as champions for the value and practice of engagement with research in their host institution and research community. STFC Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement are expected to remain ‘research-active’ during their Fellowship: the scheme is designed to support those individuals who wish to champion and lead high-quality public engagement as a core component of a high-quality research or technical career.

The maximum value that may be sought is £125K. As the scheme comes under the Full Economic Costs (FEC) framework the maximum payable by STFC would be £100K.

Closing Date: 19 March 2020

STFC Public Engagement Legacy Awards

Legacy Awards allow the holders of previous STFC public engagement awards to apply for funding to continue their programmes, and evolve those programmes based on learning and evaluation. To be awarded a Legacy Award, an applicant will have to demonstrate both the success of their original engagement programme, and evidence that success via good-quality evaluation.

Legacy Awards may be used for the continuation of STFC Small Awards, Large Awards, Spark Awards, and Nucleus Awards. To be eligible, the original grant upon which the Legacy Award is building must have ended less than 36 months before the current Legacy Award call closing date.

Funding covers 50 per cent of the full economic cost, worth up to £50,000, for first-time awardees, and up to 25 per cent of the full economic cost, worth up to £25,000, for second-time awardees. Funding lasts for up to three years and may be used for salaries, materials, equipment up to £10,000, travel and subsistence. Co-funding must have been secured from project partners before submitting the application.

CLosing Date: 4pm, 20 February 2020

STFC Public Engagement Nucleus Awards

STFC want to:
  • Encourage and support novel, high-quality public engagement activities that highlight STFC’s science and technology
  • Create a network of highly-skilled practitioners of public engagement with STFC science who inspire and involve colleagues, students, and the public, in their activities
  • Highlight the achievements of STFC science and technology, demonstrating the excitement of research and the value of STEM to the UK
STFC expect:
  • Delivering high-quality public engagement activities during the lifetime of the award
  • Raising the profile and standards of public engagement within their host organisation or professional community, including sharing best practice and developing new talent
  • Championing STFC science and technology, including the impact of science and technology on society
  • Regularly interacting with STFC’s public engagement and communication teams, including participation in STFC networks, events, and advisory structures when requested

Awards are worth up to £100,000 each over three years. They may cover costs such as contributions to salaries, costs of materials, travel and subsistence. Digital content is only funded as an intrinsic part of a wider engagement programme.

Closing Date: 07 November 2019

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