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Boost your public engagement – cross-Faculty collaboration encouraged

31 Jan 2019

University of Manchester Wellcome ISSF Public Engagement 2018-19 Funding Scheme – Round 2 now open

The University has been awarded Institutional Strategic Support Funding (ISSF) from Wellcome.

In addition to supporting research, there are two funding schemes to support FBMH academic staff and postgraduate students to develop and deliver public engagement activity on the theme of biomedical research and health.

The purpose of this funding is to encourage imaginative and innovative public engagement, this may include reaching audiences that are not typically served through traditional engagement activities, working across academic disciplines, combining art and sciences, developing novel activities.

Cross-faculty collaboration is strongly encouraged and joint applications with colleagues in the Faculty of Science and Engineering or the Faculty of Humanities will be given priority.

There is a third funding scheme to support professional development related to public engagement open to staff and postgraduate students from all faculties.

The three grant schemes, as below, run two funding rounds per year. The deadline for submissions to round 2 is Monday 11 March 2019. Decisions will be announced by 5th April 2019.

Scheme 1: Emerging Engagement – up to £500

For individuals or groups with limited experience of public engagement or for pre-project activities. Applicants must include at least one FBMH staff member or postgraduate student. No requirement to match fund. For example, to fund the creation of imaginative activities to communicate research or to fund pre-project activities to develop ideas with target groups. Successful applicants will receive support with idea development, planning and logistics and evaluation.

Scheme 2: Established Engagement – up to £3000

For individuals or groups who are experienced in public engagement. Application must be led by an FBMH member of staff. Requirement to provide matched funding for the full amount requested. For example, to fund a large creative and/or collaborative project to engage underserved audiences with research. Successful applicants will receive support with evaluating impact and delivering a legacy.

Scheme 3: Professional Development – up to £2000

To support professional development related to public engagement. Open to staff and postgraduate students from all faculties. No requirement to match fund. For example, to fund attending a public engagement course, or to facilitate a placement at a relevant organisation. Successful applicants will receive support with writing applications for further public engagement funding, identifying or arranging a placement and mentoring.

Help with applying

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their ideas and seek guidance at an early stage by contacting any of the following:

Submitting an application

Please download and review:

And download and complete the relevant application form for Scheme you are applying to:

Applications must be sent to publicprogrammes@mft.nhs.uk by Monday, 11 March (23:59) 2019.