Public Engagement

Public Engagement Small Grants

Priority activity

The CPE Small Grants are funded from the Higher Education Innovation Funds, allocated to universities by HEFCE to support and develop knowledge-based interactions between higher education and the wider world.

Because of this the awards are designed to support activity that engages groups outside of higher education with research, so a non-academic audience must be the main focus of the activity and applications are expected to be able to demonstrate a clear link to research or learning at Queen Mary University of London.

The CPE Small Grants panel are particularly interested in:

  • Activity which involves engagement with research
  • Activity which is an example of two way engagement, or engagement led research
  • Activity which is an example of a new or innovative approach to engaging a particular audience with QM
  • Activity which focuses on a novel or hard to reach audience
  • Activity which demonstrates a novel approach to evaluation



The round will not fund activity which would happen without funding from the CPE. If an event or activity has already been advertised it will be deemed as ineligible as it will be judged to be going ahead without CPE funding. 

The round will only fund catering costs where it is shown that these are integral to the event, with evidence of a sound methodology or critical thinking behind the request. Where catering is funded this must be carried out within QMUL’s hospitality guidelines.

There are further criteria for these awards which can be found in the guidelines for small grants (Small Grant Guidance [DOC 412KB]). Applicants should read these carefully before making an application to ensure that their activity is eligible for funding.

Departmental Budget Code

If you are successful you will need to provide a departmental budget code. Please note that we cannot transfer funds into an EDA code. If you are unsure of which budget code to use, please speak to your departmental financial administrator.


The Centre for Public Engagement is managing this funding opportunity and will provide support in the development of proposals. Please email with your queries.


Please apply using the google form on the Small Grants page. The deadline for applications is the 15th of each month.