Public Engagement

Grant Writing Support

Public engagement activities cannot happen without the right resource and in many cases that resource comes with cost implications. Thankfully there are a number of different avenues that can provide funding to support your public engagement work, both within Queen Mary and externally.

To help you stand the best chance in securing engagement funding, the Centre for Public Engagement can work with you to develop competitive grant applications with high-quality engagement narratives through bespoke support.

Including Public Engagement in Research Grants

Public engagement activities can be included, and costed into, grants to the Research Councils (usually up to 10% of a total grant application). In some cases, applications provide dedicated space for you to include your engagement work (such as the Wellcome Trust) whilst in other applications you can embed your proposals into your case for support (such as AHRC).

The CPE are able to provide support in developing your case for public engagement through:

  • One-to-one support meetings to discuss public engagement approaches and activities
  • One-to-one support in creating a case for support that integrates the engagement narrative
  • Read and commenting on draft applications ahead of their submission 

If you're interested in accessing any of this support, email the CPE as early as possible ( to arrange.

Applications for Public Engagement Schemes

There are a number of external public engagement funding schemes that provide opportunities to apply for dedicated funding to support your activities.

The CPE are available to provide support in developing competitive public engagement grant proposals. We offer the following services:

  • One-to-one meetings to discuss and develop your ideas and provide advice on costings
  • Read and comment on draft grant applications ahead of their submission
  • Act as referees and/or provide letters of support

If you're interested in accessing any of this support, email the CPE as early as possible ( to arrange.

Not sure where to find these opportunities? You can find information on the available schemes on the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement's website here or join the CPE Newsletter where we list opportunities as they arise


Applications for Queen Mary funding

At Queen Mary, we have dedicated funding schemes to support you with your engagement work. The Centre for Public Engagement run monthly Small Grants and annual Large Grants which support projects that engage the public with research, teaching, or other core business, happening at Queen Mary.

Though the CPE run this scheme, they are not involved with the panel review, and therefore are able to read and give advice on draft applications ahead of their submission to the scheme. If you are interested in accessing this service, please refer to the information on the Large Grants and Small Grants pages for further details