Public Engagement

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Grants

The PPI Small Grants scheme is designed to provide up to £500 of funding to support activities which engage patient groups, service users or well-defined audiences with health research, teaching, or core business of Queen Mary and clearly demonstrates two-way engagement that provides mutual benefit.

The funding to support this activity has come from the Queen Mary’s Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) allocation, which has been awarded by UKRI to specifically support and develop knowledge exchange activities between the University and the wider world. For more information on how HEIF is allocated and the activities it supports, please refer to the UKRI website.

The PPI Small Grants are currently closed. We expect these to reopen in September 2020 (subject to funding confirmation)

Criteria and Eligibility 

Full information on the criteria of the scheme can be found in our Small Grants Application Guidance 2019-2020 [PDF 531KB] document.


All applications to the PPI category must meet the following criteria:

  • A well-defined public audience is the main focus of the activity: either patients, service-users, or members of the public
  • There is a clear link to health related research, teaching or the core business of Queen Mary University of London
  • The activity clearly demonstrates two-way public engagement that provides mutual benefit, or is an example of engagement-led research


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.

Projects must be intending to complete their activities-- and associated spend-- by the end of the financial year on July 31.

Advice and Support

The Centre for Public Engagement strongly encourage that all individuals considering applying for a Small Grant 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 key information on the scheme which will help strengthen your submission.

Small Grants Application Guidance 2019-2020 [PDF 531KB]

Advice Surgeries

The CPE regularly fortnightly Advice Surgeries to support people with public engagement. The team would be happy to discuss your project and application to the Small Grants during one of these sessions. For further location information including dates and how to book, 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, you can download a copy of the Small Grants Application 2019-2020 [DOC 251KB] to fill out and email to You must submit this to the team at least one week ahead of the funding deadline you intend to submit for.


We strongly recommend that individuals who are looking to apply to the PPI category make use of resources on the NIHR INVOLVE website to determine how to best engage with patients, including guidelines of reimbursement for patient time. 

How to apply

To apply to the scheme please submit your proposal using the Google Form below. If you would like to work on the proposal offline, or submit a draft to review to the CPE, please download the offline version: Small Grants Application 2019-2020 [DOC 251KB].

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