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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.

2019/20 Call now Open

Applications are invited for innovative research engagement projects to run during the 2019/20 academic year, framed by this definition:

 “Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public.  Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.” (NCCPE)

Application deadline: Monday 23 September 2019

Awards will be announced: Monday 7 October 2019


For further details and to make an application, please download the Call Guidance document from the link below.

Useful Downloads

Call assessment criteria:

All proposals must 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:

Projects timeline:

Projects to start: November 2019 (may vary depending on nature of project)

Interim reporting deadline: 31 March 2019

Project spend must be complete by 31 July 2019

Final reporting deadline: 30 September 2019

Projects 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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