Public Engagement and Outreach Funding Opportunities

In addition to funding available through the Public Engagement Working Group, there are many external funding opportunities currently available for public engagement and outreach projects. Here’s a quick round up of some that are currently open to applications……

Wellcome Trust’s Arts Awards – now open for application!

Arts Awards support the creation of new artistic work that critically engages artists and audiences with biomedical science. We strives to work with all art forms and the diverse community we support includes artists, scientists, curators, writers, academics, producers, directors and education officers.

We believe that artists have a distinct approach to understanding and communicating ideas that can illuminate and challenge perceptions within society. We are convinced therefore that the arts have an invaluable role to play in engaging the public with biomedical science. Arts Awards encourage creative collaborations between art and science.The Wellcome Trust believes that this exchange generates powerful, personal and visceral art and inspires interdisciplinary research and practice that brings benefits to artists and scientists alike.

For full details & how to apply visit the Wellcome Trust pages HERE.

British Society for Immunology – Communicating immunology grants

Closing date – 1st of July 2014

These enable individuals to stimulate interest, discussion and understanding of immunology amongst a wider audience with a particular interest in reaching new or traditionally hard to reach audiences, as well as support education on immunology.

ESRC Festival of Social Science

Applications are now welcome for the ESRC Festival of Social Science and will close on the 9th May 2014. The Festival of Social Science offers an opportunity for researchers to hold events aimed at non-academic audiences. (Events which are aimed primarily at academic audiences are not eligible to be part of the Festival or to receive sponsorship.) The Festival of Social Science 2014 will take place from 1-8 November, and applications for sponsorship of up to £2,000 can be made to assist with events.

The ESRC have selected Birmingham as a Regional Hub for the Festival, meaning we can now assess and fund our own events as part of the Festival.

The Wellcome Trust – International engagement awards

These support work that builds capacity for public engagement with biomedical research in sub-Saharan Africa, south-east Asia and south Asia. Projects should aim to do the following:

  • stimulate dialogue about biomedical research and its impact on the public in a range of community and public contexts;
  • promote innovative partnerships between community organisations, the cultural sector and scientists or researchers;
  • strengthen capacity to conduct public engagement with biomedical science and health research.

Wellcome Trust – Science Media Studentship

wellcome_logoThese studentships offer financial support for up to three PhD-level biomedical scientists to undertake postgraduate qualifications at Imperial College London or the National Film and Television School (NFTS).

Our research shows that the overwhelming majority of the public regard television as their most significant source of information about science. We believe that the broadcast media should represent and reflect all areas of science and culture, and therefore should be produced by people from a variety of different backgrounds.

RCPath – Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme

Deadline: 30 June 2014

The scheme is aimed at individuals and organisations who are keen to develop pathology-related public engagement. Projects that raise awareness about the importance of pathology in healthcare and stimulate discussion between pathologists and the public will be looked at favourably.