Funding your public engagement activities can often be the first hurdle to running your own events. Thankfully there are a wide-range of different sources of funding available from large grants from charities and public bodies to society and private sponsorship. The best place to search for Public Engagement grant funding is on the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement's website, where they have details of a wide range of funding opportunities.

You can also find opportunities on ResearchConnect. Research grants now provide an excellent opportunity to fund projects that link research with public engagement. The UK Research Councils now ask you to supply a ‘Pathways to Impact’ statement, which can be fully economically costed. 

Find out more about how to secure public engagement funding when writing your research grant applications in our Funding Public Engagement through Research Grants section below.

Find Public Engagement Funding with Research Connect

ResearchConnect is an online database tool that allows you to search a comprehensive database of funding opportunities from UK and international funders, including public engagement.

Use ResearchConnect to:

  • Search tens of thousands of funding opportunities from UK and international funders

  • Create personalised searches based on your discipline, activities and location

  • Set up regular email alerts for your bespoke searches


Get started with Research Connect

Go to the ResearchConnect login web page and click on the the ‘Access the new version’ button. Then choose the blue ‘Login with your institution details’ button.

Enter your institution name (University of Dundee), which will appear in a drop-down list as you type. The University of Dundee login page will appear and you will be able to login using your University credentials.


Funding Public Engagement within Research Applications and Grants

One of the best routes to secure funding for public engagement activities is by requesting funds when writing research grants.

Applicants to UKRI funding schemes should consider how they will or might achieve impact throughout their projects and include this as part of their case for support. Pathways to Impact encourage you to think about what can be done to ensure your research makes a difference. Activities to realise impact do not have to be cost-incurring, but relevant costs can be included and must be fully justified within the resources statement.

UKRI grants represent a good opportunity to provide upfront financial support for public engagement. Securing funding in advance benefits everyone; supporting planning and increasing the chance of delivering public engagement activity with greater impact. You may find UKRI's Impact case studies pages useful.

This process asks researchers to integrate the public engagement activity with their research outcomes. This integrated approach is a central principle of the assessment of impact in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).