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Internal Funding


The Magnetic Resonator piano, part of a Centre for Public Engagement project linking the Centre for Digital Music with the London Chamber Orchestra

The Centre for Public Engagement (CPE) runs two types of internal funding competition for Public Engagement activities: a small awards round, which runs on a monthly basis, and a large round, which is held once per year.

Applications to both awards should be supported by at least one member of staff employed by Queen Mary, and should be focussed on engaging with an audience other than academics in your field. The aim of both award rounds is to engage people with the university as a place of teaching and research as well as to make Queen Mary accessible to the community around it.

Small grants scheme

Up to £1,000 available monthly, deadline is the 15th of each month.

The CPE small grants are for projects which are in need of small amounts of money (up to £1,000) to provide budget to try something new or to support small or one-off programmes of events.

To apply, and for more information you can view the small grants webpage, including submission form, here. You can contact the CPE directly through an advice surgery or emailing publicengagement@qmul.ac.uk if you would like to discuss whether your activity is appropriate for this scheme.

The recurring deadline for applications is the 15th of each month.

Apply here for this month's round of the small grants scheme

Community Engagement grants scheme

The Community Engagement grants is a new scheme for QMUL staff and students to pilot engagement activities based on needs identified with the local community.

The scheme is now open and accepting applications of up to £500. The deadline is 12noon on Monday 26th February 2018. 

Apply here for the Community Engagement grants scheme

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) grants scheme

The PPI grant is a new scheme accepting applications of up to £500 to support active public involvement in health-related research at QMUL.

The deadline is 12noon on Monday 26th February 2018

Apply here for the PPI grants scheme

Festival of Communities Activity grants scheme

Funding of up to £500 per project is available to create new or adapt existing engagement activities for the 2018 Festival of Communities.

The Festival funding opportunity is open to QMUL staff and students who would like to take part.

The deadline is 10am on Monday 26 March 2018

Apply here for the Festival Activity grants scheme

Large grants scheme

The CPE large grants are for projects which need a more substantial investment of up anywhere between £1,000 and £10,000. It is expected that these projects will run for several months, have a large impact or leave legacy resources. Application is once per academic year.

The 2017 scheme is now closed.

Click here for details on funded projects.

Other funding sources

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement has an extensive list of funding opportunities for public engagement here, we also have a CPE funding opportunities page featuring a range of grants. The Centre for Public Engagement can help with writing applications and advising on activity.

Costing Public Engagement into Grant Applications

Another source of funding is to request extra funding in a research grant application. Staff are encouraged to include costing for impact activities (which can include engagement activity) as part of the the Pathways to Impact section of many grant rounds. 

This can include costing for consumables for delivery, staffing or other associated costs. Again, the Centre for Public Engagement can advise on how to go about this. Please contact us, or come to an advice surgery to find out more about how we can help.

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