Apply now: public engagement development fund

Public engagement activity

Apply now for our public engagement development fund. The fund is in place to enhance the public engagement element of the 2021 REF return and subsequent pipeline projects that have been identified as future REF case studies.

Funding can be used to pilot public engagement activity, for capacity building and to try new methods. Priority will be given to academic staff whose research has been identified as a potential REF case study for the 2021 REF or in the pipeline for future REF returns, and where match funding is available.

Previous awards have been in the region of £2,000 but applications up to £5,000 will be considered. Events must take place and funds must be spent by 31 July 2020.

It is expected that impact from the proposed activity should be evidenced in the relevant REF case study return whether it be REF2021 return or future REF returns. There is a rolling application deadline and the application form and guidance document can be obtained by emailing the Partnerships and Regional Engagement team at: