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A selection of funding opportunities to support public engagement


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 now closed. The next round will open in January 2017.

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.
Award: up to £2,000
Application deadline: See website for details

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
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

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
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
Application deadline: There are two rounds of application per year. Closing dates are 1st April and 1st October.

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
Application deadline: Applications to 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/activity must in some way promote the science of microbiology.
Award: up to £3,000
Application deadline: 29 April 2017

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
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
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
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 underserved sectors.
Award: up to £1,000
Application deadline: Ongoing applications with deadlines at the end of each month.

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
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
Application deadline: See website for details.