The Engage Researchers’ Academy

A year-long professional development programme for researchers with a passion for public engagement. The programme creates a challenging but supportive environment for delegates to reflect upon what it means to be an engaged researcher, and to explore the quality and value of engagement. It also supports participants to develop the skills and experience to work with others and improve the impact and relevance of their research.

Deadline for applications: 1 March 2019
Course dates: 12-13 June 2019; 16-17 October 2019; 19-20 February 2020
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Arts & Humanities Research Council Follow-on Funding

Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement supports innovative and creative engagements with new audiences and user communities which stimulate pathways to impact. Funds will be awarded for knowledge exchange, public engagement, active dissemination and commercialisation activities.

Awards of up to £100,000
Deadline: Open call
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Collective Intelligence Grants

Nesta’s Centre for Collective Intelligence Design is awarding grants of up to £20,000 for innovative ideas to help generate evidence about how collective intelligence can be designed and applied for social impact. The project should include using new digital technologies and methods for enabling collective intelligence at scale, e.g. through deliberation, observation, prediction or idea creation, etc.

Deadline for expression of interest 9th November 2018.

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Finding my People: Engaged Practice Symposium at Birkbeck

Dr Sophie Hope, Lecturer in Arts Management, attended the Engaged Practice Symposium led by Birkbeck’s Public Engagement team. She shares her experiences of the day, meeting colleagues from different subject areas and their discussions about engaging different audiences with their research.

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Knowledge Exchange Fellowships – Arts, Humanities, Social Scientists

Applications are open for two-year fellowships for researchers to be seconded into the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (London) to work alongside, advise and influence policymakers.

Application deadline – 31 October 2018
Fellowships start – September 2019

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Seed Funding – Wellcome Trust

Awards of up to £2500  are available for engagement activities in medical humanities or biomedical sciences.

Three rounds of funding will be available in the 2018-19 academic year. Deadlines for applications:
29 October 2018
20 February 2019
12 June 2019

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Seed Funding – UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Awards of up to £2500 are available to enable researchers to develop and deliver projects that engage people outside of academia with their research. It is anticipated that this will enable new collaborations to be formed or pilot work to be trialled.

Two rounds of funding will be available in the 2018-19 academic year. Deadlines for applications:
11 November 2018 (project must be complete by 31 March 2019)
17 February 2019 (project must be complete by 30 September 2019)

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Wellcome Photography Prize

Photographers and other image makers from all disciplines are invited to enter the Wellcome Photography Prize, which celebrates compelling imagery that captures stories of health, medicine and science. They are looking for entries that can captivate people with stories of science and medicine, and start conversations about some of the health challenges humanity faces today.

Deadline for entries is 17 December 2018

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Influencing Policy: Planning Workshop

Thursday 15th November, 10.30-12.30
Room G20, Birkbeck Malet St.

Open to all interested PhDs, Post-docs and staff at Birkbeck.

Discuss possible ways to involve policy makers and influencers in your research. From think tanks to Select Committees, identify opportunities to connect with relevant groups or individuals. Understand the English legislative process and hear how other Birkbeck researchers have successfully engaged with policy. Take time to consider who you want to involve in your work and discuss the best ways to share your research with different groups.

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