Public Engagement Starter Fund

The Public Engagement Starter Fund is an exciting opportunity for University of Cambridge researchers to apply for small grants to undertake innovative public engagement with research activities.

Applications for the 2019 Public Engagement Starter Fund can be submitted until 20 September 2019. 

The fund supports novel projects based on contemporary research at the University of Cambridge which aim to do one or more of the following:

  • Reach a specific target audience
  • Develop a partnership with a community of interest
  • Create an innovative activity for Cambridge Science Festival and / or Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Applicants can apply for grants ranging from £500 - £1,500. Proposed projects can take a variety of formats, provided a clear rationale is given regarding the appropriateness of the method of engagement adopted, and how the necessary resources and expertise will be secured. This variety of formats includes:

  • Live events e.g. festivals, discussions, talks, workshops, science cafes.
  • Collaborative projects e.g. with publics/organisations as partners in research.
  • Public involvement e.g. patient and public, citizen science.
  • Media e.g. social media, discussions via blogs, broadcasting-led activities
  • Exhibitions and installations e.g. museums and galleries.
  • Education resources and programmes that connect pupils, teachers and/or education providers directly with research.

Please download and complete your application form and submit it to by Friday 20 September 2019. Applications will be assessed by a selection committee, and applicants notified by mid-October at the latest. Research students and postdocs should receive permission from supervisors before applying. College researchers are fully eligible to apply.

Successful applicants will be supported by the University Public Engagement team with advice and training, and must submit an interim and concluding report including thorough evaluation upon completion of the project.

Please contact us at with further questions.

Read about the projects funded through the 2018 Public Engagement Starter Fund.

Read about the projects funded through the 2017 Public Engagement Starter Fund.

Read about the projects funded through the 2016 Public Engagement Seed Fund.