Do you have a brilliant idea to engage public groups with your research? Do you want some money to make those ideas a reality? Great news, the Public Engagement Unit's Engage Grants funding call is now open.
The Engage Grants
If you're brand new to engagement or have years of experience, the Engage Grants are designed to support you to do public engagement, whatever your level of expertise. The Engage Grants 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 who you have not previously engaged with. This funding aims to foster relationships and help create conditions for productive conversations that might lead to further public engagement with research activities.
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.
The Engage Grants are now open and the call will close on Monday 22 February 2021 at 5pm. The closing date for the Initiator and Progression Funds is Monday 22 February 2021 at 5pm, the Start-Up Fund will remain open until Friday 9 July 2021 at 5pm or until all the funds are allocated (we are anticipating a total of 10 projects). Please email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local and civic engagement
The University is currently developing a Civic University Agreement, a statement of intent of how we contribute to the social, economic, cultural and environmental life of the city and wider region. We're really interested in exploring and funding projects that focus on engaging people from local communities with your research. This could mean communities within Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), other areas in surrounding local authorities such as Trowbridge or Frome or also your own local communities where you live.
How the Public Engagement Unit can help
If you are interested in applying for one of the funds in the Engage Grants we strongly recommend you come and have a chat with us. The Public Engagement Unit is available to give advice and feedback on draft applications. Email email@example.com with any questions you may have ahead of the closing date and one of the team will be on hand to help. If you're looking for inspiration read about some of the projects we've funded in the past.
Dean Veall is Deputy Head of Public Engagement at the University of Bath