The Physiological Society is offering grants of up to £5000 to support public engagement. The grants, which are available to both members and non-members, are designed to fund innovative and creative projects on any aspect of physiology. They particularly encourage collaborations between science communicators, artists, facilitators of public engagement, and their members.
The society is open to any ideas from you as to how physiologists can engage with the public and are especially keen to receive project applications which fit under their 2017 focus, ‘Making Sense of Stress’, and our 2018 focus, sleep and circadian rhythm.
The grant scheme aims to:
- Inspire creative public engagement with physiology
- Stimulate physiologists to share their stories, passion and expertise in innovative ways with wider audiences, particularly those that are traditionally hard to reach
- Increase dialogue between researchers and the public, in particular on topics such as the relevance of research to health, medicine and performance.
- Produce materials and resources which can be used for further public engagement and outreach work.
The scheme is open year-round with two funding rounds. The next deadline for applications is Wednesday 14 June. The review period will take 6-8 weeks.
For more information please visit: http://www.physoc.org/public-engagement-grants or to discuss this further, please contact your Research Facilitator or Genna West (email@example.com).
Wellcome Public Engagement Fund
The Wellcome Trust is taking applications to provide funding for anyone with a great idea for engaging the public in conversations about health-related science and research. They will fund activities, projects, creative spaces, people and organisations. Your team should have the right expertise to develop and deliver the activity. This should include a subject expert, such as a researcher in a science or health-related discipline, or a health professional. The expert can lead the activity, be a collaborator or take on an advisory role.
The fund is open to anyone, including those working in:
- the arts
- entertainment media
- museums and heritage
- leisure, sport and tourism
- education and informal learning
- the community, charity and public sectors.
Your proposal should:
- enable the public to explore health-related science and research in ways that are relevant to them
- take an inventive approach, expand on existing work or offer a new perspective on a subject
- meet the Wellcome Trust’s public engagement vision.
For 2017, Wellcome is particularly interested in proposals that:
- explore the impact of a changing environment on our health
- aim to achieve better health outcomes
- test new ways of engaging people with health-related science and research
- reach communities in the top 25 per cent most deprived neighbourhoods in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
The scheme at a glance:
Proposal stage: Research and development, Production and project delivery, Developing practice and building networks
Where your activity will take place: UK, Republic of Ireland, Some low- and middle-income countries
Level of funding: You can apply for anything from £5,000 up to £3 million
Duration of funding: Up to 5 years.
There are no application deadlines – you can apply online at any time.
Please contact your Researcher Facilitator or Genna West (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to discuss ideas. For more information please visit this link.
The NCCPE are hosting a selection of fantastic opportunities for academics to build upon partnerships with museums across London, the South East and the South West. Take part in a MUPI Match event…It’s a chance for those who are keen to meet museums and other academics in the region and to network and develop new ideas! Each event is regional, attracting museums and universities from various areas; free to participate in; and interactive.
After receiving funding from the Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund, the NCCPE have been developing an 18 month project to maximise the potential for museums and universities to work together to mutually beneficial aims. This project builds on a successful pilot project which was completed earlier this year.
The benefits: It is well proven that there are mutual benefits to museums and universities working together. Projects can cover a wide range of topics – from improving audience understanding to developing more effective collections knowledge or interpretation; from inspiring museum audiences with cutting edge research to developing new exhibits and exhibitions; the opportunities are endless.
The MUPI Match events are based on tried and tested methods of bringing people together to explore innovative and useful partnership working, stimulating new connections and new projects. Each event involves museum staff, volunteers, and academics working together to find mutually beneficial ideas that they would like to develop together. Participants can then bid for ‘thinking funding’ – to enable them to do desk research; have conversations; test ideas; and work together to plan their potential project. Teams will be supported to develop their partnership, and find effective ways to fund their project in the future.
The details: There will be 9 regional networking events (or ‘sandpits’) but information and booking forms for the sandpits in the southwest and London can be found here:
- London, 21 March 2017, Quayside Room, Museum of Docklands (details)
- South East Region, 28 March 2017, venue tbc (details) – rescheduled from 8 February
- South West, 3 May 2017, The New Room, Bristol (details)
There will also be two national networking events (one focused on designated collections) to broker partnerships between small and medium sized museums and HEIs:
- Partnerships, London, 7 June 2017
- Designated collections, Birmingham, 14 June 2017, Arts Council Offices, Birmingham
Contact: If you would like to find out more or register your interest in receiving regular updates about the project, including invitations to the sandpits and events, please contact Claire Wood (email@example.com)
Additionally, if you’d like to discuss ideas for an event or need inspiration please contact Genna West, RKEO’s Engagement & Impact Facilitator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more information on the initiative please visit: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/work-with-us/current-projects/museum-university-partnerships-initiative
The Research Networking Scheme is intended to support forums for the discussion and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem. The intention is to facilitate interactions between researchers and stakeholders through, for example, a short-term series of workshops, seminars, networking activities or other events. The aim of these activities is to stimulate new debate across boundaries, for example, disciplinary, conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and/or international. Proposals should explore new areas, be multi-institutional and can include creative or innovative approaches or entrepreneurship. Proposals must justify the approach taken and clearly explain the novelty or added value for bringing the network participants together.
Proposals for full economic costs up to £30,000 for a period of up to two years may be submitted.
This scheme operates without formal deadlines
All applications to this scheme must be submitted via the cross-council Joint Electronic Submission – (JE-S) System. If you need any assistance to use the system, please contact the JE-S helpdesk on 01793 444164 or on JesHelp@rcuk.ac.uk.
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