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Public engagement starter fund

last modified Oct 18, 2017 10:18 AM

StarterFund17 GIFThe University Public Engagement Office has launched the Public Engagement Starter Fund, a small grants scheme that aims to help University of Cambridge researchers and postgraduate students support their public engagement initiatives.

Applications are now open, and will close on Wednesday 1st November. For more information, and to obtain an application form, please visit the Public Engagement Office website.

Applicable novel projects would aim to do one or more of the following: 

  • Reach a specific target audience,
  • Develop a partnership with a community of interest,
  • Create an innovative activity for the Cambridge Science Festival and/or the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

These goals could be met through a variety of formats, including: 

  • Live events e.g. festivals, discussions, talks, workshops, science cafés.
  • Collaborative projects e.g. with public/organisations as partners in research.
  • Public involvement e.g. patient and public, citizen science.
  • Media e.g. social media, discussions via blogs, broadcasting-led activities.
  • Exhibitions and installations e.g. museums and galleries.
  • Education resources and programmes that connect pupils, teachers and/or education providers directly with research.

Winning applicants will receive the support of the University Public Engagement Team while completing the proposed activity, and will be given training on how to start and evaluate public engagement work.


The Public Engagement Seed Fund is kindly supported by Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust ISSF.