Health-related public engagement funding scheme calls

The University has been awarded Institutional Strategic Support Funding (ISSF) from Wellcome. In addition to supporting research, there is funding and support available to develop and deliver health-related public engagement activity and professional development.

We are launching a new programme which will be delivered via three schemes:

Scheme 1: Emerging Engagement grants

  • For early career researchers starting out in public engagement
  • Up to £500 to fund a public engagement activity
  • For example, to fund the creation of engaging and imaginative activities to communicate research
  • Group training and support provided

Scheme 2: Establised Engagement grants

  • For research groups or individuals who are experienced in public engagement
  • Up to £3,000 to fund a public engagement project
  • For example, to fund a large creative and/or collaborative project to engage underserved audiences with research
  • Requirement to provide match funding for the full amount requested
  • One-to-one support provided from public engagement professionals

Scheme 3: Professional Development

  • To support professional development, such as conferences, courses or knowledge exchange placements, related to public engagement
  • Up to £2,000
  • One-to-one support provided from public engagement professionals

Funding is available to staff and postgraduate students across the University of Manchester, for public engagement around the general theme of biomedical research and health. Applications must be led by an academic member of staff or postgraduate student in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. Projects involving colleagues in the Faculty of Science and Engineering or the Faculty of Humanities are encouraged and will be given priority.

We would like to see imaginative and substantial projects that engage a broad range of the public in a variety of ways. For example, these could involve activities with sections of the public who are not usually reached by engagement activities, taking a novel approach with groups who do traditionally engage, or combining science and art in unusual sites or with a striking theme. Established activities will be supported, but we would invite practitioners to use the opportunity to refresh and renew the activity in an innovative way.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 17th November 2017 (23:59)

More information:

  • Download the ISSF PE Funding_Information for applications (pdf) for further details and how to apply.
  • Support will be available during the application process and applicants are encouraged to contact the Public Programmes Team for help and guidance with their application.

Please direct any enquiries to the Public Programmes Team – email: or Tel: 0161 276 3215