Thinking of undertaking some public engagement / outreach activities in the new year? Then here’s a round up of some available funding opportunities on offer:
HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCES FUNDING
Alexander Fleming Dissemination Scheme awards by the Medical Research Foundation (MRF) (Deadline: 12:00, 17 December 2019 Date of Decision: March 2020)
To fund the dissemination of MRC and MRF-funded peer-reviewed research results beyond the scientific press to patients, research participants, practitioners and policy makers. Awards will be made to meet the costs of the dissemination activities and will be no greater than £30,000.
The British Pharmacological Society Engagement Grants and Seed Grants (All year round)
The Society offers grants of up to £1,500 to both members and non-members to support innovative pharmacology outreach and public engagement activities. We’ve supported a variety of activities, from exhibition stands at science festivals to ‘science slams’ that help researchers communicate their work. Engagement grants up to £1,500. Seeding grants up to £250: Open for application all year round.
British Society for Immunology – Communicating Immunology Grants (1 April, 1 July and 1 October 2020)
The aims of the BSI’s Communicating Immunology Grants are to stimulate interest, discussion and understanding of immunology amongst a wider audience, support formal and informal learning about immunology, and target a wide range of audiences, with a particular interest in reaching new or traditionally hard to reach audiences. Each grant is worth up to a maximum of £1,000 and grants are awarded quarterly.
Microbiology Society Education and Outreach Grants (Closes: 8 April and 1 October 2020)
Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support relevant science teaching or promotion initiatives, or to support developments likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology. There will be two rounds of application per year.
Open Research Fund (Applications open in May)
This funding supports researchers to develop and test innovative ways of making health research open, accessible and reusable. You can ask for funding of up to £50,000 for up to one year and funds can be used for a range of costs. These include salaries, development costs, licensing and computational costs, activities to manage and share research data, software or materials resulting from your proposed activities, dissemination and engagement costs, costs of evaluating your project, research management and support costs (overheads), travel costs, contingency costs, as long as these are reasonable and you can justify them and VAT on fees where the VAT can’t be reclaimed.
Royal College of Pathologists Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme (1 June 2020)
The Scheme was introduced to give financial support for the delivery of a range of pathology-related events throughout the UK. Grants of up to £1000 are available for individuals or organisations who wish to develop pathology-related public engagement activities or events.
Society for Endocrinology Public Engagement Grant (25 March and 23 September 2020)
Grants of up to up to £1,000 to support organisation and delivery of outreach activities, in the areas of aimed hormones and the impact of endocrinology. Aimed at school children and/or the general public.
The Physiological Society Outreach Grants (Deadline: round 1: 31 January 2020; round 2: 11 March 2020)
Who can apply: Members and non-Members – we encourage collaborative applications, including those between expert science communicators, facilitators of public engagement, artists, musicians, thespians and our Members. Outreach Grants should be used to increase understanding and awareness of physiology amongst the non-expert public; to increase awareness of the opportunities available to those who pursue physiology in their education; to increase engagement with physiology research or to support an outreach activity on Physiology Friday. Grants of up to £500 are considered on an ad hoc basis throughout the year, grants of up to £20,000 the deadline is 31 January 2020.
MRC Public Engagement in Science Activities – Seed Fund (Applications open all year round)
To encourage and support engagement with the public and other stakeholders, funds are available to enable MRC-funded scientists to pilot new activities and develop innovative engagement opportunities. The fund prioritises activities that build scientists capacity and skills, build trust and break down barriers between researchers and society, Improve research, influence policy, respond to a societal need.
Wellcome’s Research Enrichment – Open Research (Applications close 8 April 2020)
This enables current Wellcome grant holders to increase the impact of their work in regards to public engagement and open research. Funding is worth up to £250,000 and lasts until the end of the main Wellcome grant. Current Wellcome-funded grantholders or successful applicants to one of the Wellcome’s other schemes
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHEMATICS (STEM) FUNDING
British Ecological Society Outreach Grants (next round open January 2020 for deadline March 2020)
Grants of up to £2,000 to increase public understanding of and engagement with ecology, stimulate discussion about ecology and its implications for society and develop skills in communicating the science of ecology.
Ingenious: public engagement awards (next round open in summer 2020)
Ingenious is an awards scheme for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering. Ingenious has funded over 189 projects to date, providing opportunities for over 5,000 engineers to take part in public engagement activities, to gain skills in communication and to bring engineering to the very centre of society. Funding is available from £3,000 to £30,000.
Institute of Mathematics Education Grant Scheme (Applications open all year round)
The Institute of Mathematics are looking for grant applications of up to £600 to help with the costs of running or attending an educational activity relating to mathematics. The aim of these grants is to support activities which will help increase the popularity of mathematics with learners and encourage the take up of mathematics post-16.
Institute of Physics’ Public Engagement Grant Scheme (Opens in October)
The grants are worth up to £2000 and aim to support physics-based outreach activities in the UK and Ireland. Activities should provide engaging experiences of physics to public audiences. There are two round of applications per year in October and April.
STFC Public Engagement Funding (Applications all year round)
We offer a range of grant schemes that are designed to allow our community to meet the aims of our public engagement strategy. Schemes include: Leadership Fellows in Public Engagement; Public Engagement Spark Awards (Delivering new engagement activities and testing fresh approaches with audiences); Public Engagement Nucleus Awards (Building engagement networks and delivering national programmes of engagement); Public Engagement Legacy Awards (Supporting our most successful programmes to grow and evolve over time); Public Engagement Reaction Awards (Quickly responding to unexpected and engaging scientific developments); and School Grants Scheme (Promoting physics & engineering in schools & colleges, in partnership with the IOP/IET).
Royal Society Chemistry Outreach Fund (Deadline: 12:00, 13 January 2020)
Our Outreach Fund provides financial support to members, individuals and organisations in order to enable them to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities, this may include increasing chemistry and chemists’ influence in public discourse and decision-making in line with the findings of the Public Attitude to Chemistry research. The Outreach Fund is split into two categories: Small grants – up to £2,000 Applications are now open and will remain open throughout the year. Large grants – between £2,000 and £10,000.
Royal Society Chemistry Inclusion & Diversity Fund (Typically opens June)
Our Inclusion and Diversity Fund provides financial support for innovative products, activities and research projects that promote inclusion and diversity in the chemical science community. We will consider individual applications up to the value of £5,000. Funding greater than £5,000 may be considered for one project each year.
Royal Society Partnership Grants Scheme (Typically opens March)
Through the scheme, grants of between £250 and £3,000 will be available to support teachers, scientists and engineers help develop science projects, with the aim of making the teaching science more interesting within primary and secondary schools. Any UK primary or secondary school teacher or practising scientist/engineer can apply as long as the students involved in the project are between 5 and 18.
Royal Society Public Engagement Funding (Typically opens November)
This scheme provides between £500 and £10,000 for Royal Society Research Fellows to create and lead public engagement projects.
The Biochemical Society Outreach Grants (Applications for the April 2020 round of the Scientific Outreach Grants should open in January 2020)
To support activities and events that help communicate the excitement of the molecular sciences to school children and/or the general public. Applications are invited for sums up to £1000 to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred (e.g. transport and/or teacher cover). There are two round of applications per year in September and April. See: https://www.biochemistry.org/Grants/ScientificOutreachGrants.aspx
ARTS, HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES FUNDING
Arts Council England funding schemes [England only] (Open at various points throughout the year)
Grants for the arts are for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work and help achieve the Council’s mission of great art and culture for everyone. Grants go up to £500,000.
Being Human, Festival of the Humanities (Applications open 2020)
The festival brings together universities, museums, galleries, archives, independent research organisations, community and commercial partners to make research in the humanities accessible to non-specialist audiences and demonstrate its relevance to our everyday lives.
Heritage Lottery Fund Grant programmes (Open all year round)
Grants for projects related to the national, regional, or local heritage in the UK, including Sharing Heritage, Our Heritage and Heritage Grants. Heritage can mean anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations. Grants range from £3,000 up to millions of pounds.
The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, Community Engagement Award (closes 15 September)
This award is designed to support individuals, groups and societies in developing new public-facing initiatives, whether one-off events, programmes of activities, digital archaeology or other creative outputs. Proposals which seek to develop innovative forms of engagement and proposals which demonstrate the potential to engage non-traditional audiences are welcome. Funding available up to £500.
ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize (2020 deadline TBA)
Annual opportunity recognising ESRC-funded researchers and ESRC associates. It celebrates researchers at all career stages whose actions have supported changes in practice, thinking or capacity that create a positive impact in our society, economy and in our lives, both here in the UK and internationally.
ESRC Festival of Social Sciences (2020 dates TBA)
Applications available for sponsorship of up to £1,000 to assist with events. This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK – 475 events being held covering a wide range of topics – AI, mental health, sexuality, parenting, weather, gender, ageing, love, death, economics and education, to name but a few. Delivered via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions etc.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER FUNDING
University of Manchester Wellcome ISSF Public Engagement Funding Scheme (Opens 13 January 2020)
To support and encourage staff and postgraduate students to share, inspire and involve the public with our work in line with our Public Engagement Strategy. If you are new to public engagement – up to £500; If you already have experience of public engagement – up to £3000 (match funding required); If you want to develop your skills in public engagement – up to £2000. For queries contact: email@example.com
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Social Responsibility Funding
Engaging with our Communities and Social Responsibility in the Curriculum
Apply for up to £2000 to enable socially responsible graduates through innovative curriculum enhancement and/or apply for up to £2000 to support Faculty community engagement initiatives, creating new partnerships or enhancing existing ones. For queries contact: SRBMH@manchester.ac.uk
Faculty of Science and Engineering Better World Funding Competition
Applicants can apply for funding up to £3,000 to support a range of activities in Environmental sustainability and / or a Living Labs projects; Innovation in Social Responsibility in the curriculum; Local community engagement projects; Widening Participation. For queries contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Humanities Social Responsibility Funding – Engaging with our Communities and Social Responsibility in the Curriculum
Apply for up to £2000 to enable socially responsible graduates through innovative curriculum enhancement and/or apply for up to £1500 to support Faculty community engagement initiatives. For queries contact: email@example.com