Public Engagement Seed Fund and Start-up Fund Launched

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Public Engagement Funding Available Now

The University’s Public Engagement Unit has opened two funding calls to support researchers wishing to engage with a specific public for the first time and pilot new innovative engagement activities.

Seed Fund

The Seed Fund is aimed at researchers at any level (including doctoral students) who want to pilot innovative engagement ideas, expand engagement activities to new audiences/contexts and improve their own engagement practice.

Up to £500 is available to support new engagement activities. Activities should contribute to a positive culture of public engagement at the University. You can read about previous Seed Fund examples on the Public Engagement Unit blog.

Start Up Fund

The Start-Up Fund is aimed at researchers at any level (including doctoral students) who have identified community groups / special interest groups / organisations and non-academic individuals with whom they have not previously engaged.

The funding (up to a maximum of £200) can be spent on an activity or activities that might instigate public engagement. Activities should help create conditions for productive conversations about common research interests / challenges from which public engagement with research projects could arise.

Dr Helen Featherstone, Head of Public Engagement, said: “Over the years, we’ve identified that fostering public engagement with research activities requires time and effort to build trust and relationships with the publics you’re looking to engage. Our Start-Up Fund supports activities that enable researchers to seed conversations with new groups that could lead to future engaged research projects; whilst our Seed Fund will help get activities off the ground and find out what works for everyone involved.”

Find out more and apply for the Start-up or Seed Fund.

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