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

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.

In addition, many activities, such as school visits can be delivered using little or no funds. Click here for our guide to what can be achieved with limiting funding.

Finally, if you don't want to think about securing funding then why not join one of the free, existing public engagement schemes, like STEM Ambassadors or 'I'm a Scientist Get Me Out of Here'.

 

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.

In particular Research Councils UK require a tailored Pathways to Impact Statement as part of all research grant submissions. Pathways to Impact encourage you to think about what can be done to ensure your research makes a difference.

Pathways to Impact 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 RCUK's Pathways to Impact case studies 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).