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UKRI public engagement citizen science – research funding call

19 Jun 2020

Funding announcement by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will support the expansion of citizen science approaches into new disciplines, involving more members of the public in the creation of knowledge that will transform society

The Citizen Science Collaboration Grant call builds on UKRI’s Vision for Public Engagement and the Citizen Science Exploration Grant, which is already supporting members of the public to actively contribute to research and innovation projects that affect their lives.

A total of £1.5 million will be available through the call, which will be open to researchers in any discipline based at eligible institutions and research organisations.

The UKRI want to fund multidisciplinary research collaborations that create novel approaches to tackling societally-relevant challenges through citizen science. Through these collaborations, they aim to facilitate the spread of citizen science methods in the academic community and expand the range of people from outside of academia involved in research. 

Challenges can be broad societal issues, like improving public health or reducing crime, or can be challenges specific to your research area, like improving the quality or analysis of data. However, you must demonstrate why citizen science is the right approach to addressing this challenge.

Key dates:

  • Webinar for prospective applicants: 1 July 2020, 2pm (you will need to register
  • Closing date for applications: 9 September 2020, 4pm 

Projects must start by 31 March 2021 and must be completed by 31 March 2024.

Further details: