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Current funding opportunities

Details of the latest live funding calls.

Engaging our Communities support fund 2018/19 (apply by 1 November 2018)

Apply for up to £2000 to support Faculty community engagement initiatives, creating new partnerships or enhancing existing ones.

Application deadline: Thursday, 1 November 2018 at 5.00pm

The FBMH Social Responsibility Team invites applications for funding of up to £2000 to support activities relating to our institutional[1],[2] and faculty[3] key priority of engaging our communities. We particularly welcome projects exploring ways to engage with local deprived, hard to reach and/or unheard communities.

Please note that all funds will need to be spent in the current University financial year and so we are unable to fund activities that will not be completed by 31st July 2019 (although funded activities may be part of an ongoing project).
This funding aims to support public engagement activities, enabling staff and postgraduate research students to build capacity within the Faculty, encouraging staff and students at all levels to be involved. We intend that the funding will create and enhance networks between the Faculty and practitioners, government bodies, non-government organisations and community groups. This will support the Faculty’s priority to embed community engagement as a normal, valued activity for FBMH staff and postgraduate research students.

Activities can include, but are not limited to:

  • Community Exhibitions and festivals 
  • Art/science collaborations 


All areas of activity will be considered but those relating to the following areas are particularly encouraged:

  • Exploring ways to engage with local deprived, hard to reach and/or unheard communities
  • Activities sharing the findings of research projects with our local neighbours in inventive, practical and interactive ways
  • Activities to enhance Patient and Public Involvement in research
  • Activities supporting increasing social mobility in young people 
  • Activities relating to the FBMH-led Cancer research beacon

Criteria

Funding of up to £2000 can be applied for but colleagues are encouraged to request only what is required and have sought matched funding from other sources, e.g. School funds or external partners.

Costs can include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Visitor / speaker/artist fees and expenses (including Public Contributors)
  • Venue, room, equipment hire
  • Refreshment costs
  • Filming and editing costs, photography (using University approved suppliers

All funding is for activities taking place during 2018/19 and all costs must be paid by 31 July 2019

General enquiries can be directed to Hawys Williams, Social Responsibility and Public Engagement Manager.

Application process:

To apply please submit a two page summary (two sides of A4 in 11pt calibri font) and email to srbmh@manchester.ac.uk. The application form must not exceed two pages in total and requests information on the following:

  • Project title
  • Project summary (in lay language)
  • Aims
  • Community of interest or audience
  • Timelines 
  • Amount requested including breakdown of costs 
  • Evaluation, dissemination and sustainability plan 


All applications need to be approved by your School Director of Social Responsibility prior to submission. This can be done by confirmation email.
 

Application deadline Decision provided by: 
Thursday, 1 November Thursday, 22 November

 
Criteria against which applications will be reviewed:

• Does the project fit with the aims of the fund?
• Can it be realistically delivered within cost and time constraints?
• What is the impact on the public, staff and students?
• Is the project sustainable (i.e. will it lead to a larger project with potential to attract grant funding?)

Download Funding call details [pdf]

School Social Responsibility Directors:
School of Biological Sciences: Dr Suzan Verstappen (Suzanne.Verstappen@manchester.ac.uk)
School of Health Sciences: Dr David Allison (David.Allison@manchester.ac.uk)
School of Medical Sciences: Dr Natalie Gardiner (Natalie.Gardiner@manchester.ac.uk)

 

[1] Inspiring Communities: Local community social engagement plan 2016‐2019
[2] Share, Inspire, Involve: Public Engagement strategy 2017‐2020 
[3] FBMH Social Responsibility Strategy, 2017-2022

Social Responsibility in the Curriculum Funding Call 2018/19 (apply by 1 November 2018)

Apply for up to £2000 to enable socially responsible graduates through innovative curriculum enhancement

Application deadline: Thursday, 1 November 2018, 5.00pm

The FBMH Vice Dean for Social Responsibility, Prof Mahesh Nirmalan invites staff to apply for funding to support ‘Social Responsibility in the Curriculum’ initiatives. This has been successful in funding a range of initiatives in FBMH in the last two academic years, (further details at: https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/connect/social-responsibility/ ). Up to £1000 can be applied for (although funding up to £2000 will be considered in exceptional circumstances) and funding should be spent by 31 July 2019.

Aim:

For course unit leaders to facilitate and encourage students to think how their enthusiasm for their subject can make a difference beyond the immediate demands of the curriculum.

Criteria:

Any FBMH course unit leader of an undergraduate or postgraduate taught course can apply.

Examples of proposals are not restricted to, but may include the following:

  • Novel methods of involving and engaging patients and the public in curriculum development, teaching and assessment
  • Incorporation of external visits or short placements in the curriculum to cultural and health venues, local charities, public sector bodies or schools
  • Visits of relevant individuals or representatives of outside agencies to the module (i.e. patients, service users, service user researchers, patient groups, medical charities, community groups)
  • Development of innovative assessment processes that orientate students to the outside world (e.g. challenging students to communicate research findings to an unexpected audience)
  • Creation of course materials that promote students’ work to non-university audiences 
  • Incorporation of student projects or commissions that challenge them to explore the relevance of their subject/discipline for engaging with wider communities (e.g. how might a module topic be used as part of wider community public engagement events?)
  • Inclusion of Environmental Sustainability initiatives within the curriculum (e.g. considering environmental sustainability when designing new course content, reducing the need for travel, reducing the use of paper-based resources, etc.)

Those modules that incorporate activities that are targeted at increasing the employability of our graduates or highlight the relevance of patient and public involvement and engagement (PPI/E) and workplace ethics will be particularly welcome. Core modules will be given priority.

Costs can include:

  • Student travel
  • Visitor/speaker expenses
  • Course materials 
  • Assessment material (e.g. posters, video)

Costs cannot include requests for IT equipment or other items which would normally be requested through your School equipment and resources budget.

A consortium of modules from the same programme could apply together where the activity may be jointly organised benefitting several groups of students (e.g. a speaker or a field visit) – however the maximum of £2000 would apply for a consortium as well. Individuals/consortium members can submit applications for more than one module.

Funding awarded must be spent by 31 July 2019.


Further information:

General enquiries can be directed to Hawys Williams, Social Responsibility and Public Engagement Manager.


Application process:

To apply please submit a two page summary (two sides of A4 in 11pt calibri font) and email to srbmh@manchester.ac.uk. The application form must not exceed two pages in total and requests information on the following:

  • Project and module title, names of team members 
  • Timetable and student numbers
  • Links to University social responsibility priorities
    (Visit the social responsibility webpages for more information)
  • Activities planned and any innovative features of the approach
  • Outcomes expected
  • Evaluation plan
  • Sustainability plan

All applications need to be approved by your School Director of Social Responsibility prior to submission. This can be done by confirmation email.

Application deadline: Decision provided by:
Thursday, 1 November 2018 Thursday, 22 November 2018

Download funding call details [pdf]


School Social Responsibility Directors:
School of Biological Sciences: Dr Suzan Verstappen (Suzanne.Verstappen@manchester.ac.uk)
School of Health Sciences: Dr David Allison (David.Allison@manchester.ac.uk)
School of Medical Sciences: Dr Natalie Gardiner (Natalie.Gardiner@manchester.ac.uk)

 

 

 

The following funding opportunities are available throughout the year

Biochemical Society, Scientific Outreach Grants

Submission deadlines are in September and April.
Maximum award: £1,000
 

Grants are available to assist with the event costs and expenses for outreach events which promote molecular bioscience to young people and the community. 

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British Pharmacological Society, Engagement Grants

The main grant is awarded annually, and applications for the seed-fund are open year-round. 
Maximum award: £1,500 for the main award and £250 for the seed-fund
 

This grant supports innovative projects to engage the public with pharmacology. 

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British Society for Immunology, Communicating Immunology Grants

Grants are awarded quarterly.
Maximum award: £1,000
 

Funding is available for engagement activities that stimulate interest, discussion and understanding of immunology amongst a wider audience, particularly traditionally less engaged with groups. 

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European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Outreach Fund

Submission deadlines are on 15 March and 15 September.
Award: €1,000-1,500
 

This fund supports educational initiatives that improve the public understanding of evolution globally. This includes public outreach seminars and public exhibitions. 

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Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, Engaging our Communities

Grants are awarded annually. 
Maximum award: £2,000
 

Staff and postgraduate research students can apply for funding to support engagement activities which create and enhance networks between the Faculty and practitioners, government bodies, non-government bodies and community groups. 

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Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, Social Responsibility in the Curriculum

Grants are awarded annually. 
Maximum award: £2,000
 

This funding enables course unit leaders to encourage students to explore how their enthusiasm for their subject can make a difference beyond the immediate demands of their curriculum. 

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Medical Research Council, Public Engagement in Science Activities - Seed fund

Applications are open year-round.
Award: typically £300 - £5,000
 

MRC-funded scientists are eligible to apply for funds to pilot and develop innovative engagement activities. 

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Medical Research Council, Festival Establishment Award

Grants are awarded annually in preparation for the MRC Festival of Medical Research.
Maximum award: £1,500
 

All MRC-funded units, centres and institutes participating in the MRC Festival of Medical Research are entitled to an award of up to £1,500 to help cover activity costs. 

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Medical Research Council - Alexander Fleming Dissemination Awards

Grants are awarded annually. 
Maximum award: £30,000
 

This scheme provides funding for the dissemination of MRC and MRF-funded research results beyond the scientific peer-reviewed press to patients, participants, practitioners and policy makers. 

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Microbiology Society, Education and Outreach Grants

Submission deadlines are on 1st April and 1st of October.
Maximum award: £1,000
 

Grants are available for educational outreach activities to promote public engagement with microbiology. 

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Physiological Society, Public Engagement Grants

Applications can be submitted year-round, with biannual funding rounds.
Maximum award: £5,000
 

Both members and non-members can apply for funding for projects which promote the discussion of physiology with public audiences. 

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Society for Applied Microbiology, Public Engagement Grant

Applications are open year-round.
Maximum award: £3,000
 

Funding is available for events which promote microbiology to the public and other relevant stakeholders. This grant is open to both society members and non-members. Society members should have no funding from any additional source. The award is open year-round, but events must start at least six-weeks after the application submission. 

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Society for Endocrinology, Public Engagement Grant

Grants are awarded biannually. 
Maximum Award: £1,000
 

Funding is available for outreach activities which are aimed at school children and/or the wider public and engage them with hormones and the impact of endocrinology. Grants are available to society members or public engagement professionals who can be paired with a society member prior to application. 

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The British Society for the History of Science, Special Project

Submission deadlines are on 30th September and 31st of March.
Maximum award: £1,500
 

Special Project Grants enable members of the society to promote understanding of the history and social impact of science, technology and medicine in the wider community through public engagement projects. 

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The Royal Society of Biology, Regional Grant Scheme

Awarded biannually
Maximum award: £200 for small grants and £500 for full grants
 

Individual members of the Royal Society of Biology are eligible to apply for funding towards event costs for a public engagement event in their region. 

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The Royal Society of Biology, Partnership Grants

Awarded annually
Maximum award: £3,000 

Partnership grants are awarded to schools to enable them to buy equipment for a STEM investigation project in partnership with a STEM professional. 

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Wellcome, Engagement Fellowships

Awarded annually
Funding: Up to 2 years’ salary and research expenses covered
 

Fellowships provide the opportunity for talented individuals with experience in health engagement to develop into leaders in the field and join a network of influential public engagement ambassadors. 

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Wellcome, Public Engagement Fund

Award deadlines are announced on a rolling basis. 
Award: £25,000 - £3 million 

This funding enables organisations or individuals to use creative approaches in engaging the public with health research. Your project should be innovative or build on an existing initiative to make it more sustainable or cost-effective.

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