Public Engagement

Applying for a Large Grant

The Challenge of the Xingu, People’s Palace ProjectsThe Centre for Public Engagement Large Grants are funded from Higher Education Innovation Funds allocated to the University by Research England to support and develop knowledge-exchange interactions between higher education and the wider world.

Because of this the scheme is designed to support activity that engages well-defined public audiences with the research, teaching or core business of Queen Mary and clearly demonstrates two-way engagement that provides a mutual benefit. As these projects are for larger sums of money than the Small Grants, projects are expected to be of a larger scope, scale, or legacy and contribute to meeting Queen Mary's strategic priorities. 

The Large Grants are currently closed for submissions and will reopen in Summer 2020.

Criteria and Eligibility 

Full information on the criteria of the scheme can be found in our Large Grants Application Guidance 2019 [PDF 629KB] document.


Due to the nature of the funding and purpose of the scheme, all applications to the CPE Large Grants must meet the following criteria:

  • A well-defined public audience is the main focus of the activity (this means students, academic colleagues, or industry collaborators should not be the primary beneficiary of the activity)
  • There is a clear link to research, teaching or the core business of Queen Mary University of London, and reference to how it contributes to meeting the institutions strategic priorities
  • The activity clearly demonstrates two-way public engagement and provides mutual benefit: knowledge and benefits of the activity flow between organisers and participants and have impacts on both parties
  • The activity demonstrates an innovative approach to public engagement: how is it new for you, for your subject, or for the public engagement sector?
  • There are some indications as to how learning from the project will be shared with others


Applicants must be current staff or students at Queen Mary, with an end date no sooner than twelve months from the date of application. We welcome applications from staff and students at all career stages—and this is not used as a criterion in the selection process.

Lead applicants must be the individuals who will be responsible for delivering the project and subsequent reporting. External applicants are able to apply to the scheme as named co-applicants if collaborating with Queen Mary staff or students on a project. However to assure that applications engage external publics with QM research, teaching, or services, the main applicant must be based at the University and these individuals will be held responsible for delivery and reporting.

Advice and Support

The Centre for Public Engagement strongly encourage that all individuals considering applying to the Large Grant scheme familiarise themselves with the Application Guidance document and seek support from the team on the development of their applications. Projects that seek support from the CPE are more successful at panel review.

Guidance Document

The Guidance Document contains section-by-section guidance on how to fill out the application for the Large Grants. 

Large Grants Application Guidance 2019 [PDF 629KB]

Advice Surgeries

The CPE run a number of special Large Grant Advice Surgeries to provide advice and support for those thinking about submitting an application to the scheme. The dates of the 2020 sessions will be confirmed closer to the scheme launch (Summer 2020).

To book a slot: email us with your preferred date and time for your attendance. You will receive an email back to confirm the booking.

You may also book a slot on the regularly scheduled Advice Surgeries. For more information on this please see our Advice Surgeries page here

Application Review

As they are not involved with the panel review, the CPE are able to read and give advice on applications to the scheme ahead of their submission.

If you would like the team to read your submission, email with the proposal attached. You must submit this to the team at least one week ahead of the funding deadline