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Public engagement funding

Effective public engagement is a key part of the MRC’s mission and all MRC-funded establishments are encouraged to dedicate resources to support this area of work.  

MRC funding

MRC Public Engagement in Science Activities - Seed Fund

To encourage and support engagement with the public and other stakeholders, funds are available to enable MRC-funded scientists to pilot new activities and develop innovative engagements. Applications are typically for between a few hundred and five thousand pounds. To apply, please complete and return the MRC Public Engagement Seed Funding Application Form (DOCX, 60KB)

Alexander Fleming Dissemination Scheme awards by the Medical Research Foundation (MRF)

To fund the dissemination of MRC and MRF-funded peer-reviewed research results beyond the scientific press to patients, research participants, practitioners and policymakers.

Further public engagement funding

For a comprehensive list of funding sources visit the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement - Funding

Public engagement as a pathway to impact 

Researchers are encouraged to actively think about the pathways for realising the potential impact of their research within Research Council grant applications as part of their Pathways to impact. This can include public engagement activities which are project specific and could contribute to generating impact from the research proposed. Applicants can request resources for these activities.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

UKRI’s public engagement goals are to:

  • Focus on under-represented communities and places
  • Actively involve people in their work
  • Inspire and empower young people
  • Listen to and understand public concerns and aspirations

To deliver on these goals, researchers can apply to the below funding calls on the UKRI website:

  • Enhancing place-based partnerships in public engagement
  • Citizen Science Exploration Grants

Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

Provides a range of funding support including small, local or 'pilot' projects promoting science in the STFC funded areas. Awards range from £500 to £10,000. Also available are large award grants of up to £100,000 for Public Engagement projects which have strong links with STFC's scientific research community.