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A selection of funding opportunities to support public engagement

 

Royal Society of Biology – Regional Grant Scheme

Individual members of the RSB, around the world, can apply directly for funding to help run an event or activity in their region
Award: up to £500
Application deadline: There are two rounds of applications per year, in October and April. Applications for the 2018 round are now open.


Biochemical Society – Science Outreach Grants

Support for scientific outreach activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community.
Award: up to £1,000
Application deadline: There are two rounds of applications per year, in September and April. Applications for the current round are open.

British Ecological Society – Outreach Grants

BES actively encourages their members to promote ecological science to a wide audience and offer grants of up to £2,000 for outreach activities world-wide that promote ecological science to the public, aimed at a non-academic audience.
Award: up to £2,000
Who can apply: Applications are open to individuals and organisations, including: BES members and non-members; researchers; schools; museums; libraries; and community groups.
Application deadline: The next funding round will open this July, with a deadline in September 2017 for all project start dates after 14 November 2017.

British Society for Plant Pathology – BSPP Plant Pathology Promotion Fund

BSPP wishes to promote an understanding and awareness of the importance of plant pathology to a wider audience than its membership. To that end it has established a fund for the promotion of plant pathology, with the aim of stimulating interest in, and knowledge and awareness of, plant pathology to people who do not normally come into contact with the subject.
Award: up to £2,000
Who can apply: All members of the BSPP
Application deadline: See website for details

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council – Holmes Hines Memorial Fund

Small awards are available to help individuals or organisations with any scientific or engineering based activities where public funds are not available.
Award and application deadline: See website for details
Who can apply: Individuals or organisations with any scientific or engineering based activities where public funds are not available.

European Society for Evolutionary Biology – Outreach Fund

These grants support projects that promote evolution-related activities.
Award: See website for details
Application deadline: Proposals will be accepted twice yearly on 15th March and 15th September.

Institute of Physics – Public Engagement Grant Scheme

This scheme provides up to £2,000 to individuals and organisations running physics based events and activities in the UK and Ireland.
Award: up to £2,000
Who can apply: Open to all and provides funding for individuals and organisations. This includes, but is not limited to, members of the Institute of Physics, researchers in academia or industry, museums, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, art groups and libraries.
Current members of the Institute of Physics' Council are not eligible to apply for, or be associated with, a public engagement grant.
Application deadline: See website for details

Microbiology Society – Education and Outreach Grants

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.
Award: up to £1,000
Who can apply: Microbiology Society School Members, or Full, Full Concessionary or Postgraduate Student Members residing in the UK or Republic of Ireland
Application deadline: There are two rounds of application per year. Closing dates are 1st April and 1st October each year.

Royal Society of Chemistry – East Midlands Branch

Award and application deadline: Please contact Dr Sarah Hill for more information.

Royal Society of Chemistry – Outreach Fund

Through the outreach fund, the RSC aim to encourage and support the development of projects that raise awareness of the place of chemistry in people's everyday lives, especially those not already interested in chemistry as well as developing the science communication skills of people who are already highly trained in chemistry.
Award: Small grants: up to £2,000; large grants: up to £10,000
Who can apply: Open to all, individuals and organisations. This includes, but is not limited to members of the Royal Society of Chemistry, member-led groups, researchers in academia or industry, museums, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, art groups and libraries.
Application deadline: Applications open January 2017

Society for Applied Microbiology – Public Engagement Grant

This grant is designed to support events where aspects of microbiology are promoted to the general public and other relevant stakeholders. The main criterion is that the event or activity must in some way promote the science of microbiology.
Award: up to £3,000
Who can apply: members and non-members of the Society. Members should have no funding from any additional source, In addition, expert public engagement specialists or science communicators are also eligible but must provide satisfactory evidence concerning their expertise.
Application deadline: 29 April 2017. Events applied for must start at least six weeks after the application deadline.

Society for Endocrinology – Public Engagement Grant

To support organisation and delivery of outreach activities, aimed at school children and/or the general public.
Award: up to £1,000
Who can apply: Society of Endocrinology members and public engagement professionals. Non-members applying must contact the Society six weeks before the grant deadline to be partnered with a Society member who will assist the development and/ or delivery of the activity; and also they must submit evidence of managing previous successful public engagement events.
Application deadline: 31 March and 30 September

The British Society for the History of Science – Special Projects Grants

Support for those who have ideas for projects which will promote the general aims of the Society, in order to foster the understanding of the history and social impact of science, technology and medicine, in all their branches, in the academic and the wider communities.
Award: £50 to £1,500
Who can apply: Must be a member of the Society.
Application deadline: Applications are invited in two cycles per year, with deadlines of 30th September and 31st March each year.

The Physiological Society – Public Engagement Grants

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to both members and non-members of The Physiological Society to promote the discussion of physiology with public audiences. Collaborative applications, including those between expert science communicators, facilitators of public engagement, artists, musicians, thespians and members are encouraged.
Award: Up to £5,000
Who can apply: Both members and non-members of the Society.
Application deadline: 31 December 2016

The Physiological Society – Outreach Grants

Outreach grants offer members of The Physiological Society up to £1,000 per calendar year for activities supporting primary, secondary and tertiary education, and events promoting the discussion of physiology with public audiences. These are especially keen to engage with under-served sectors.
Award: up to £1,000
Who can apply: Members of the Society
Application deadline: Ongoing applications with deadlines at the end of each month.

The Physiological Society – Biology Week Grants

£500 grants for members of The Physiological Society to do public engagement and outreach activities during Biology Week (7-15 October).
Award: up to £500
Who can apply: Members of the Society
Application deadline: 3 September 2017

The Royal Society – Partnership Grants

Partnership grants of up to £3,000 are available to schools to enable students, aged five to 18, to carry out science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) projects.
Award: up to £3,000
Who can apply: Applications need to be made jointly between the school and STEM partners where the partnership needs to be established before the start of the application.
Application deadline: 30 January 2017

Wellcome Trust – Public Engagement Fund

This funding is for anyone with a great idea for engaging the public in conversations about health-related science and research.
Award: Up to £3 million
Who can apply: Open to anyone, including those working in: the arts; entertainment media; museums; heritage; leisure, sport and tourism; education and informal learning; and the community, charity and public sectors. Organisations that apply to this fund do not need to have science and health as their core activity.
Application deadline: See website for details.