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Public Engagement

Public Engagement - Prizes - Awards - Small Grants

 Public Engagement - Awards to do activities

Funder Grant Name Funding & Duration Application Period

Awards of up to £5,000 for organising any education, outreach or public engagement work that promotes the art and science of microbiology are available to Full, Full Concessionary and Postgraduate Student Members.


Microbiology Society Education and Outreach Grants

Grants of up to  £1,000 are available to support relevant science teaching or promotion initiatives, or to support developments likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology. May be used for the purchase of consumable materials, but not capital equipment. May also be used to provide payment to a student providing short-term assistance in the development of the activity .

1 April and 1 October annually

Society for Applied Microbiology Public Engagement Grant

The award is up to £3,000. Must promote the science of microbiology, open to members and non-members. No deadline but events must start at least six weeks after the application submission.

Year Round

University of Cambridge Public Engagement Starter Fund

This funding scheme is an exciting opportunity for University of Cambridge researchers to apply for small grants to undertake innovative public engagement with research activities. Successful applicants will also be supported by the University Public Engagement team with advice and training. £500-£1,500. 

(Deadline 20 Sep in 2019)


Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Public Engagement Award

Funding: Between £3000 and £30,000.  Costs can include salary and consultancy costs for the project delivery team, public engagement activity costs, materials, travel, participating engineers’ expenses and subsistence. Salary costs for academics will only be paid if a full-time salary is not already in place. However, Ingenious funding can be used to cover the costs of staff needed to replace those who are taking part in project activities.



 Public Engagement - Awards For Completed Projects

Funder Grant Name Funding & Duration Application Period
University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor's Impact and Engagement Awards

For 2019, these Awards are re-launching as a single set of awards for Research Impact and Engagement. They will recognise outstanding achievement, innovation and creativity in engagement and impact plans which have the potential to create significant economic, social and cultural impact. Applications or nominations can be made across 5 categories (Early Career Researcher, Established Researcher, Collaboration, Professional Services, and Academic Impact and Engagement Champion). Winners will be awarded a £1,000 grant to be used for the development and delivery of engagement/impact activities or relevant training. (Deadline 13 Sept in 2019)


Microbiology Society Microbiology Outreach Prize

An award for an outstanding outreach initiative. Nominations of individuals or teams delivering the outreach initiative are invited and will be reviewed, alongside nominations for Prize Lectures. The team or individual responsible for the winning initiative will receive £500 and will be invited to deliver a talk or demonstration of their activities at the Annual Society Showcase