Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities for public engagement and science communication activities

Most funding opportunities are repeated annually, please visit the f website detailed under each opportunity for more information about how to apply and the deadline for applications. New funding calls are often advertised on the 'news and views' page at 'Think: Public Engagement'

 UoB Funds for PE (Internal)

There is a modest budget through the University’s Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund and EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account to support biomedical and engineering-related public engagement projects. One stream of this, the ‘Catalyst’ fund, is open to any researcher to apply to if they have an innovative project. Typically funding awards are up to a few hundred pounds to pump-prime activities. We would encourage people to think as broadly as they can about ‘biomedical’ and ‘engineering’ research as barriers – we have awarded arts researchers funding for projects that were relevant to these, and we will continue to be as flexible as we can! Check out the funding application pro-forma  for more information.

 Funding for Researchers

Biochemical Society Outreach Grant
Amount: £1,000
Support for scientific outreach events that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community. Applications are invited for sums up to £1,000 to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred. The Biochemical Society must be acknowledged at the event and in the resources produced. Copies of all materials generated should be submitted to the Society to disseminate to others where appropriate. A short report of the activity and list of attendees is a condition of the grant. 
More information and how to apply...


British Ecological Society Outreach Grants
Amount: Up to £2,000
The British Ecological Society actively encourages its members and others to engage the public with exciting and important aspects of ecology. Projects can be part of a larger scheme, like National Science and Engineering Week, or they can be an individual initiative. The objectives of the grant are to support the development of projects that raise public awareness of and engagement with ecology, stimulate discussion about ecological science and its implications for society, inspire and enthuse people about ecology, especially those not previously interested in ecology and to develop the communications skills of individuals involved. 
More information and how to apply...


Holmes-Hines Memorial Fund
Amount
£55 to £1500 (Average £500)
Small awards are available to help individuals or organisations with activities related to science and engineering for which public funds are not available. Applications can be in any area of science and engineering. This grant funds annual prizes, scholarships, exhibitions or research grants, the incidental expenses of visiting scientists, the purchase of scientific apparatus and equipment, and funds for, "such other purposes for the advancement of scientific knowledge as the council shall see fit."  More information and how to apply...


IOP Public Engagement Grants
Amount: Up to £1,500
The grants aim to support physics based outreach activities in the UK and Ireland. Activities should provide engaging experiences of physics to public audiences - grants will not be awarded to projects aimed at solely delivering the curriculum to school pupils. 
More information and how to apply... 


RAEng Ingenious Grant
Amount: £3,000 to £30,000
Ingenious is a grant scheme for creative public engagement with engineering projects. If you have an imaginative idea that helps engineers to communicate their expertise and passion for engineering to a wider audience – we want to hear from you. You could be an engineer interested in running your own project, or a science and engineering communicator keen to explore ways to provide public engagement training and opportunities. 
More information and how to apply...


RSC - Public Activity Small Grants
Amount: Up to £250 (or £500 to £5,000 for 3 larger projects each year).
The scheme supports activities that promote the awareness of chemistry and the chemical sciences among public audiences e.g. open days; public lectures; performance of plays; activities in major science festivals; local or regional activities. Small grants, up to £250 will be awarded to support activities requiring small amounts of money and that are not funded elsewhere in the RSC. Large grants, between £500 and £5000 will normally be awarded to organisers of major events that support the development of activities to promote chemistry. A maximum of three large grants will be made in any calendar year. 
More information and how to apply...


STFC - Small Awards Scheme
Amount: £500 to £10,000
The Science and Society programme Small Awards Scheme provides funds for small, local or pilot projects promoting STFC science and technology. Anyone can apply, including the research community, schools, museums, etc. Expenditure can go towards materials, salaries and travel and subsistence. Projects must be relevant to publicising or teaching the STFC-funded science areas: particle physics, nuclear physics, space, ionospheric, solar and planetary science, astronomy, astrophysics, or cosmology. 
More information and how to apply...


STFC - Large Awards Scheme
Amount: £10,000 to £100,000
The Large Awards Scheme provides funds for projects which are expected to have a significant regional or national impact. They offer awards from £10,000 up to £100,000. Almost anyone can apply but project teams must have strong links with STFC's scientific research community. They also encourage partnerships that may positively impact on the success of the project e.g. universities with science centres. 
More information and how to apply...


Wellcome Trust Arts Awards
Amount for Small Arts Awards   Up to £30,000, a
mount for Large  Arts Awards:  Above  £30,000

Arts Awards support imaginative and experimental arts projects that explore biomedical science. The scheme aims to:

  • stimulate interest, excitement and debate about biomedical science through high-quality, original artistic practice
  • examine the social, cultural and ethical contexts of biomedical science through the arts
  • encourage new ways of thinking
  • promote high-quality interdisciplinary practice and collaborations between arts, science and education practice
  • support formal and informal learning.

Your project must involve the creation of new artistic work and have biomedical scientific input into the process, either through a scientist taking on an advisory role or through direct collaboration. This expert may be from an ethics, science or history background, but must be an expert in the area of biomedical science you are investigating.  More information and how to apply


Wellcome People Awards and Society Awards
Amount (Society Awards): Above £30,000, for a maximum of two years

People Awards and Society Awards support projects that enable the public to explore biomedical science, its impact on society and culture, its historical roots and the ethical questions that it raises.  These awards provide funding for activities that improve understanding  of the powers and limitations of biomedical science; stimulate thought and debate about the wider social impact. The scheme will span historical, social, ethical, cultural and contemporary issues linked to biomedical science. Collaborative or interdisciplinary approaches, as well as novel and imaginative projects experimenting with new ways of engaging the public, are particularly welcome.  More information and how to apply...

You can also try searching for funding yourself using 'Research Professional' funding database.

 Funding for Communities

Awards For All
Amount: £300 to £10,000
Set up to help small groups, the main aim of the programme is to fund projects which involve people in their community; bringing them together to enjoy arts, sports, heritage and other community activities, and projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community. 
More information and how to apply 

Co-operative Membership Community Fund
Amount: £100 to £2,000
Community Fund grants, between £100 and £2,000 are awarded to community, voluntary, or self-help groups to run projects that carry out positive work in the community. A project must do the following: address a community issue; provide a good long-term benefit to the community; support co-operative values and principles; ideally be innovative in its approach. 
 information and how to apply...

Ethnic Minorities Environment Award
Amount: Up to £500
This small scheme is aimed at schools, community groups and individuals undertaking projects which concern the environment and involve people from ethnic communities. They also offer an advice and referral service for projects which can access funds from larger existing grants schemes. 
More information and how to apply...

Grimple's Green Grants
Amount: Up to £1000
Through the scheme the Green Insurance Company will be seeking applications to fund environmentally friendly projects. The type of projects that can be supported for example include raising awareness of environmental issues; educating the younger generation so that they develop good habits early or to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. 
More information and how to apply...

Heritage Lottery - Young Roots
Amount: £3,000 to £25,000
Young Roots is a grant programme designed to engage young people aged 13–25 with their heritage, which could relate to scientific / engineering developments in the past. Young Roots projects stem directly from the interest and ideas of young people, who are supported by youth and heritage organisations to develop skills, build confidence, and connect with their local communities.
More information and how to apply...

Heritage Lottery – Heritage Grants
Amount: £3,000 to £100,000+
The Heritage Grants programme offers funding for projects that relate to the local, regional or national heritage of the UK (except the Channel Islands and Isle of Man). They welcome applications that help people to learn about, look after and celebrate heritage in a fun and enjoyable way. 
 Information and how to apply...

Hilton in the Community Foundation Grants
Amount: Up to £30,000
Organisations that work with young people have the opportunity to apply for grants through the Hilton Foundation. Organisations such as charities and other not for profit organisations can apply for grants ranging from a few hundred pounds up to £30,000 per year for up to 2 years that meet one of the Foundation's chosen areas of focus. These are: disabled children, children in hospital, homelessness, life-limited children in hospices. 
More information and how to apply...

Holmes-Hines Memorial Fund
Amount
£55 to £1500 (Average £500)
Small awards are available to help individuals or organisations with activities related to science and engineering for which public funds are not available. Applications can be in any area of science and engineering. This grant funds annual prizes, scholarships, exhibitions or research grants, the incidental expenses of visiting scientists, the purchase of scientific apparatus and equipment, and funds for, "such other purposes for the advancement of scientific knowledge as the council shall see fit."  More information and how to apply...

Millennium Awards (UnLtd)
Amount: £500 to £20,000
UnLtd's Millennium Awards provide support to people who have both the ideas and commitment to develop projects which will benefit their community. UnLtd Millennium Awards are funded by the income from a legacy of £100 million granted by the Millennium Commission. This legacy has to be carefully invested so that the income can be obtained for awards for the future - this is what is called a permanent endowment. UnLtd currently offers several levels of award. 
More information and how to apply...

Wakeham Trust
Amount: £75 to £750
Grants to help people rebuild their communities, with particular interest in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded. They also support innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), though they never support individuals. They favour small projects - often, but not always, start-ups. Wakeham Trust try to break the vicious circle whereby you have to be established to get funding from major charities, but you have to get funding to get established. 
More information and how to apply...

 


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