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The University offers up to £6,000 to support new or enhance existing public engagement with research activities and projects. This year they especially welcome participatory research activities.

The University of Oxford's small grants scheme provides funds for researchers to develop, deliver and evaluate Public Engagement with Research projects and activities.

Funds (typically £2k to £4k, and no more than £6,000) can be requested to pilot a new project or enhance an existing activity. A total of £60,000 is available in 2022-23.

Half of the seed awards fund is ringfenced for participatory research projects.

Applications are made through the university's internal application system, IRAMS. Fill out the application details and then upload a case for support using the template provided.

In your case for support you'll be asked to provide information about the proposed project including your aims, your target audiences, the approach you'll be using, a justified budget, and some basic evaluation plans (though don't worry, all applicants are provided with evaluation support).

Applications are welcomed from those both experienced and less experienced with public engagement with research, and will be assessed accordingly.

The Principal Investigator must be a researcher or PER Facilitator at the University of Oxford. Co-applicants can include others, including those with college appointments, other staff and external partners.

Key Dates

  • Application deadline: 31 December 2022, however
    • There is a rolling deadline up to and including 30 November 2022. Applications received before this date will be notified of success within 3 weeks of submission.
    • Applications received between 1 and 31 December will be considered together, with applicants being notified before 31 January 2022
  • Project spending deadline: Friday, 30 June 2023
  • Projects submit evaluation reports: on or before Monday, 31 July 2023

Click here for full details of the scheme and to apply

Would you like some guidance or to bounce some ideas around? Get in touch to find a time to meet.