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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has up to £1.5 million available through the Engineering Theme to provide bespoke support to EPSRC researchers in our community to undertake public engagement activities in order to inspire, and interact with the public as well as attract them to Engineering and Physical Sciences.

£1.5m is available to support up to 10 Champions through this pilot call. Applicants must have been named on an EPSRC grant within the last 5 years. Applications are invited from all career stages.

It is expected that applicants will be active researchers in engineering and physical sciences, however this funding is to support public engagement activities to sit alongside core research. These activities could include, but are not limited to, engagement with individuals of particular protected characteristics who may be underrepresented in engineering, education sector stakeholders or government representatives.

Through this call resources can be requested to cover staff time, overheads, and consumables associated with public engagement and wider outreach activities. Applicants can apply for between 0.2 to 0.5 FTE for up to 2-3 years.

Applicants will be expected to evaluate the impact of their activities and include a one page summary of their approach to evaluation in the proposal document.

Funding for technical research is not available in this call, please refer to standard routes for this funding.

Training and networking opportunities for applicants funded through this call will also be provided by EPSRC.


If you would like any support or guidance, please get in touch. Please note that a letter of support is required from the host organisation - depending on the project, this may be within your department, the Division, or other.


Full details and application