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The Departmental PER Seed Fund is an internal grant scheme offering £1,500 to £4,000 to support building capacity for Public Engagement with Research (PER) at the departmental level.

The Departmental PER Seed Fund is an internal grant scheme run by Research Services to support building capacity for Public Engagement with Research (PER) at the departmental level. 

Applications are invited from researchers and professional services staff representing departments / faculties.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. All awarded funds must be spent by 30 July 2021.

Proposed budgets may be between £1,500 and £4,000. All direct costs required to develop, deliver and evaluate the project are allowed. Note that staff costs for staff otherwise funded cannot be requested, though buy out or replacement is eligible.

Funds can be requested to support activities and projects that build research staff and research student capacity in Public Engagement with Research and/or activities that contribute to ongoing departmental support for Public Engagement with Research. This could include, for example:

  • Provision of Public Engagement with Research (PER) training / workshops for researchers / research students
  • Development and delivery of PER activities, events and resources that enable a number of staff to participate
  • Development of a departmental PER strategy
  • PER seminar series
  • Provision of PER seed funding
  • Departmental PER Awards

Your Case for Support needs to include an EDGE assessment and have the support of your head of department. Note that all MPLS Departments have undertaken EDGE assessments at various points in the last four years. You can use these, or indeed may wish to repeat this activity. If you can't find your department's EDGE assessment, please get in touch.

If you would like any guidance or support please don't hesitate to contact the Division's Public and Community Engagement with Research Manager, Michaela Livingstone-Banks.

Note, that researcher-led PER projects should be submitted through the annual PER Seed Fund (opens just before Michaelmas term), and policy or business-engagement activities can be funded through the KE Seed Fund.

 

Full details and Application (scroll down past the Enriching Engagement section)