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Funding opportunities

Current funding opportunities

Details of the latest live funding calls.

Engaging our Communities support fund 2019/20

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

Applications for the 2019/20 round are now closed. 

Social Responsibility in the Curriculum Funding Call 2019/20 (apply by 1 November 2018)

Up to £2000 to enable socially responsible graduates through innovative curriculum enhancement

Applications for the 2019/20 round are now closed. 

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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