External PE funding for researchers

The Public Engagement Team are happy to give advice on applications for funding. If you would find feedback and comment on an application useful, or if you would like to discuss your ideas with our members, get in touch early on and consider dropping in to our next monthly Breakfast Brainstorm session. Similarly, if you are working on a research grant and would like advice on including public engagement please get in touch.

Grants for public engagement often have defined deadlines and the Public Engagement Team send out a newsletter every two weeks including details of any live funding calls. If you would like to be added to the newsletter distribution list to recieve these updates please email engage@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

The grants listed below have rolling or no deadlines.

Royal Society for Chemistry Outreach Fund –The fund is now running on a rolling monthly application system for both small grants of up to £5,000 and large grants of £5,001 – £10,000. Applications are open to people, organisations and communities with ideas and innovative way to bring chemistry-based science engagement into schools, the public and community groups as well as to develop science communication skills of chemists. More information here.

Science Foundation Ireland Funding – the Discover Programme supports and develops STEM education and public engagement in the Republic of Ireland and provides funds to create or extend activities and existing ability as well as to explore novel means of engaging the public. Funding is worth up to €50,000 over one year and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Details and apply here.

Youth Futures Grants – The Youth Futures Foundation provides grants of <£6 million for projects that support young people who face barriers to finding and keeping decent jobs to secure high quality employment. Grants are available under two schemes, Development and Impact, with Development covering smaller projects (<£300,000). Further details and apply here, no deadline

Community Health Grants – the Burdett Trust for Nursing offers <£10,000 through their Small Grants Scheme to empower health visitors to promote public health with vulnerable groups and communities. Details and apply here.

Population Studies Grants – the British Society of Population Studies offers grants <£1,000 to members to organise meetings and events aimed raising public awareness of human population research from any perspective (e.g. biological, economic, historical, medical, social). Applications reviewed January, April and November. Apply here.  

Ocean Events Funds – the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is offers grants < £10,000 to support workshops and events (including public-facing) relating to ocean discovery (e.g. plate tectonics, Earth structure and composition, ancient oceans, climate change). Details and apply here.

Severn Trent Community Fund – awards grants of up to £250,000 for projects that relate to water and generate tangible community benefits. There are three tiers of award: <£10,000, <£75,000 and <£250,000. Applications assessed quarterly and you must submit your application at least 5 months before your project is due to go ahead. Details and apply here.

Omani Culture Grants – the Anglo-Omani Society invites grant applications to support events and meetings that enable British nationals to gain wider knowledge about Oman and its culture, people, history, geography, economy, literature, art, music, languages, beliefs and customs. No maximum award value is specified and there is no deadline – applications are assessed quarterly.

Community Resilience Grants – the Heart of Engagement Community Foundation has grants available for those supporting communities through the coronavirus outbreak, including those carrying out some types of outreach.  For more details see here.

AHRC Funding – follow-on funding of £100,000 available for AHRC-grant holders to explore innovative and creative engagements with new audiences which stimulate pathways to impact. Details and apply here.

Child Development Grants – are available from the Waterloo Foundation to support the dissemination of knowledge and best practice to children and their carers, and to related professionals. Maximum award is £10,000. No deadline for submission, but end of February or mid-June 2021 preferred (to align with research funding dates). Details here.

Animal Welfare Grants – the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust supports organisations and individuals with projects that encourage initiatives designed to improve animal welfare, promote alternative methods to animal experimentation and their practical implementation or promote and encourage practical work in alleviating suffering and preventing cruelty to animals. Details here, or apply here.

Heritage Grants – the National Lottery Heritage Fund supports projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK. Grants are worth £10,000 <£100,000 each for up to 5 years. Applications open year-round. More details and apply here.

Plant Pathology Promotion fund – from the British Society for Plant Pathology to support projects aiming to promote an understanding and awareness of plant pathology to a wider audience. Funding is worth up to £2,000. No deadline, applications considered quarterly. Apply online here.

Animal Behaviour Grants – the Associated for the Study of Animal Behaviour offers Public Engagement Grants of <£2,000 to members and non-members to create activities aimed at young people and/or the general public, to communicate the science of animal behaviour. Open year-round with outcomes in June and November, details here.

British Pharmacological Society Engagement grants – grants up to £1,500 available to support outreach activities related to innovative pharmacology. Seed-corn grants of £250 available all year round. Details here.

Physiological Society Funding – grants of <£500 available to members and non-members year-round to increase understanding and awareness of physiology, engaging study at higher education and beyond, and to promote The Society, its vision and its activities. Collaborative / creative applications encouraged. Details here.

Reaction Awards – <£5,000 available to any researcher for public engagement activities provided the application includes research in an STFC-funded area of science or technology. Full details here, applications open year-round.

NC3Rs Public Engagement Grants – up to £1,500 to support NC3Rs-funded researchers (past and present) to engage the public with approaches to replace, reduce and refine animal use in science. Deadline: quarterly, apply here

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If you are aware of other public engagement grants we may be missing, please let us know so we can add these to this page.