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Funding and Grant Applications

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Engagement work can be done for little or no cost, however larger projects are likely to need some funding. Areas to think about include:

  • Costs to run events; venue hire, catering, travel, event production, staff costs, marketing etc.
  • Paying partners for their time (especially when working with artists or community groups)
  • Material costs for developing resources
  • Paying for your own time - do you need to buy yourself out of teaching time?

How you source this funding will vary. Often if you're taking part in an event (e.g. when the Institute runs Family Days, Pint of Science, ESRC Festival of Social Science etc.) there will be pots of money you can apply for to cover your costs. If you're running your own activities you might need to apply for some specific public engagement funding (typically a few hundred to a few thousand pounds). For large projects (several thousand pounds or more) you will likely need to build the costs into a research funding bid.

Resources to help you

Please note you will need to be logged in to the Warwick website access these resources.

Applying for Public Engagement with Research Funding

The Engagement Associates

This guide provides some top tips for applying for Public Engagement with Research funding.

This can vary from small grants (a few hundred to thousands of pounds) offered internally by your institution or the Learned Societies; to medium-sized grants offered by the likes of the National Academies; to those that are tens of thousands of pounds or more from major funders.

Support from WIE

Warwick Institute of Engagement offers funding for Engagement via our Collaboration and Co-Production Fund. We also maintain a list of other funding available.

We can provide advice on planning engagement as part of Research Grants, and we offer a peer review of the public engagement elements of your Research Grant via our network of Fellows.

Visit the Funding and Research Grant Support section of the website for more information.

Case Study - I:DNALink opens in a new window

The sculpture on displayProfessor Felicity Boardman, Warwick Medical School

I:DNA is a Wellcome funded project that was created to engage the public with research led by Professor Felicity Boardman, in conjunction with Dr Corinna Clark, at Warwick Medical School. The research explores the experiences of people living with inherited conditions and their attitudes towards genetic medicine.

Discover more about the project, and how they funded it in this case study.