There is just one week to go before we close the 2021 Engage Grants, so get your applications in now! If you'd like to engage public groups with your research and want some cash to fund that work, the Engage Grants are here to help, regardless of public engagement experience. If you're interested, read more about the three different funds we have open as part of the Engage Grants.
Start-Up - for projects up to £200
This fund supports 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 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 supports 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, and 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 anticipate a total of 10 projects). Please email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How the Public Engagement Unit can help
If you are interested in applying for one of the Engage Grants' funds, 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