It's the deadline the nation has been discussing for months, Thursday 31 October... no, not that one, the deadline for applications for the Public Engagement Unit's Engage Grants. Do you have a brilliant idea for a public engagement with research activity? You have one week left to apply for funds to make it happen.
The Engage Grants
The Engage Grants have been designed to support you to do public engagement, whatever your level of expertise and they are open to researchers, experimental and technical staff and doctoral students at any level.
With our Engage Grants we aim to support you to increase your skills and understanding of public engagement by funding activities where you have an opportunity to give public engagement a go for yourselves. The Engage Grants are made up of three funds:
Start-Up - for projects up to £200
This fund is to support you to start a conversation with identified communities/special interest groups/organisations from outside academia with whom you have not previously engaged. This funding aims to foster relationships and help create conditions for productive conversations that might lead to further public engagement with research activities in the future.
Initiator - for projects up to £500
This fund will help you carry out small-scale or pilot public engagement projects to: support your learning about engagement, gain experience of engagement and develop your engagement ideas. This funding is ideal if you have little or no experience of public engagement.
Progression - for projects up to £2,500
This fund is to support you if you have prior experience with public engagement to further develop and deepen your skills and knowledge. You could use this funding to expand your existing activities, develop your leadership and facilitation skills in public engagement or to test out innovative engagement activities.
Help with your application
If you would like to apply for an Engage Grant and need some help or advice, we are running two surgeries in the Claverton Rooms on:
- Monday 28 October, 10:30-12:30
- Tuesday 29 October, 14:00-15:00
During these surgeries members of the Public Engagement Unit will be on hand to answer any questions or offer any advice. If you would like to discuss your application please book a 15 minute slot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org along with any details of your ideas or draft applications. If you are unable to make it feel free to email us and we can arrange a chat or offer feedback on draft applications over email.
Applications for the Engage Grants 2019/20 are now open. The closing date for the Initiator and Progression Funds is Thursday 31 October at 5pm, the Start-Up Fund will remain open until Friday 10 July, 5pm or until all the funds are allocated (we are anticipating a total of 10 projects).
Dean Veall is Deputy Head of Public Engagement, University of Bath