Public Engagement

Public Engagement Small Grants

The Public Engagement Small 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.

The scheme is designed to provide up to £1000 of funding to support activities which engage well-defined public audiences with research, teaching, or core business of Queen Mary and clearly demonstrates two-way engagement that provides mutual benefit.

The Public Engagement Small Grants are currently open to submissions. Deadline for application submission is 15 of the month (excluding June-August)

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.


Due to the nature of the funding and purpose of the scheme, all applications to the CPE Public Engagement Small 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
  • The activity clearly demonstrates two-way public engagement and provides mutual benefit

Further to the above criteria, the scheme prioritises activity which:

  • Is an example of a new or innovative approach to engaging a particular public group with Queen Mary. This may be new approaches within higher education or a new approach to engagement within your current discipline.
  • Focuses on engaging with a new audience
  • Evaluates public engagement activity and/or demonstrates a novel approach to evaluation of the project
  • Can make a clear difference either by enabling the applicants to try out new ideas and approaches, or by kick-starting a longer term engagement project.


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 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 hold regular 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.

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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