Alzheimer’s Research UK have opened applications to the Inspire Fund, their new public engagement grant scheme, to support more people to engage the public with dementia and research into the condition.
The Inspire Fund has three funding tiers – up to £5,000, up to £15,000 and up to £30,000.
Projects must meet one or more of the aims of the Inspire Fund:
- Inform the public about dementia, including challenging misconceptions.
- Build awareness of dementia and ignite action for change.
- Engage and inspire the public with the progress being made in dementia research.
The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019.
Contact Alzheimer’s Research UK should you have any questions or want to discuss your project before applying.
You can also contact Adam Morris (Engagement Officer) if you would like advice on planning an activity or submitting your application.
I’m looking to have as many academics and students feed into how we support and grow public engagement at BU. We’re using the EDGE tool, a series of questions used nationally by different universities, to plot BU’s current position on a series of different aspects of public engagement support. Using the results of this survey we want to review how we’re doing and reevaluate the support we give to make it better for academics and students wanting to engage the public in their research. Take 5 minutes to fill in this short survey and have your say on the future of public engagement at BU. Enter your email at the end and you could win £50 worth of Amazon vouchers!
Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) was represented at the Alzheimer’s care show held at the Olympia in London on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th May 2014. This is a large event at which organisations and businesses showcase what they offer for people with dementia and those who support them. Dr Fiona Kelly, Dr Rick Fischer and Clare Cutler were kept busy at their stand, made distinctive by its brightly coloured banners and tulips. Delegates to our stand heard about the training and awareness work we do, our research, particularly into creating sustainable dementia friendly communities and our consultancy, including advising on dementia friendly design. Dr Kelly’s presentation on Achieving Excellence in Dementia Care stimulated interest both in the topic and in the work we do at BUDI to promote good practice.
Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) held its third open meeting at the university on 14th May, with this year’s theme being dementia friendly environments. The day was well attended by practitioners, family carers, the general public and people with dementia. It started with a lovely buffet lunch sponsored by Alzheimer Research UK, providing an opportunity for delegates to network and to browse the information stands hosted by themselves and BUDI Ph.D. students. The open meeting was formally opened by Professor Gail Thomas who praised the innovative work being carried out by the BUDI team. Delegates then heard presentations from Dr Fiona Kelly on dementia friendly design, Dr Jan Wiener on the use of eye tracking technology to explore navigation skills and difficulties, Kathrin Büter on using computer technology to support dementia friendly design in hospitals. This session closed with a presentation by architect Niall McLaughlin on his work with communities and older people to design care homes that meet everyone’s needs and are inspirational, therapeutic spaces. The final part of the day involved a question and answer session where delegates and presenters discussed some of the issues raised during the day including how to ensure that the concept of good design filters down to those commissioning, designing and using buildings that people with dementia also use. This successful event is sure to have got people thinking and sharing some of what they heard and we look forward to holding similar events in the future.
The Conversation has been a popular and effective route for academic publication in Australia and with a recent launch of The Conversation UK, Britain looks set to follow.
The Australian version was launched in March 2011 and generates 85k unique visitors per month; it has 15 commissioning editors and 5k contributors from universities and research. The UK project has the backing of 13 UK uni’s as well as the Wellcome Trust, Nuffield, HEFCE and the editorial team will be based at City University London. Content from the site will be provided on an open access basis under a creative commons license.
There is clearly a large appetite from the public for reading about research given the Australian readership statistics so this will be a great route to publicise and highlight your research. Prof Barry Richards has already had an article feature on this site which you can read here.
According to president of the Committee of the Regions Mercedes Bresso in the , universities are drivers of regional development and innovation, and should be encouraged to set up partnerships with businesses through joint public and private innovation funds and in addition to using Structural Funds for regional development more strategically, loans, venture capital and credits should be more easily accessible to small companies to boost technology transfer.