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Public Engagement with Research


Public Engagement with Research (PER) - Development Funding

The Public Engagement with Research unit (PERu) invites applications annually for funding to develop research engagement activities. 

Our seed-funding has supported numerous projects over the years, many of which have thrived and grown beyond the funding period to attract other funding, develop partnerships and take up new and exciting directions.  A significant number are currently contributing to REF 2020 impact case studies.

2020/21 Call 

Applications are now invited for public and community engagement projects to run during the 2020/21 academic year.

Call assessment criteria:

We expect all proposals to demonstrate ability to stimulate interest, excitement and debate about an area of UoS research.

In addition, each proposal will be assessed against the following criteria, listed in order of significance:

Alongside these criteria, and depending on the rationale/purpose of the project, we encourage all applicants to consider:

 NB We will not fund proposals that are primarily focussed on marketing and dissemination activities.

Deadline and how to apply:

Please download the Call Document and complete and return the application form by Monday 21 September 2020

We will aim to announce awards by Friday 16 October 2020.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss application ideas, please do get in touch with us via

Our website includes advice and resources to help with planning a public engagement project.  We are happy to review draft applications for feedback.

Projects timeline:

Projects to start: November 2020

Interim reporting deadline: March 2021

Project spend must be complete by 31 July

Final reporting deadline: September 2021

Useful Downloads

Public Engagement Case StudiesProjects funded in 2019/20Projects funded in 2018/19
Projects funded in 2017/18Projects funded in 2016/17Projects funded in 2015/16

Ad hoc Seed Funding

Outside of our annual Call we will also consider approaches for small amounts of seed-funding to respond to emerging opportunities which meet the above criteria.  Please note that requests via this responsive mode are unlikely to be successful if the applicant could reasonably have applied through the annual Call process. Please email for further information.

Funding via Public Engagement as a Pathway to Impact

Research Council grant applicants can request resources for public engagement activities (which are project specific and could contribute to generating impact from the research proposed, ie within Pathways to Impact).

This includes the University's Bringing Research to Life Roadshow which reaches 20000+ people annually and tours to ~10 different events.

For specific grant advice please speak to your Research Support Officer in the first instance.

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