Health and life sciences funding

Here you'll find a range of funding opportunities available to support health and life sciences public engagement activities. Many universities will also have internal funds you can access.
Eating for Eye Health project (UCL)

If you are aware of a funding source that we've missed, please let us know by emailing nccpe.enquiries@uwe.ac.uk.

Alzheimer's Research UK, Inspire Fund
The Inspire Fund provides up to £25,000 funding for innovative projects that engage the public with dementia and the life-changing research going on into the condition.

Antibodies.com, Quarterly Travel Grants
Each quarter, Antibodies.com offers a travel grant up to £500 to help cover the cost of attending a conference. These travel grants are open to PhD candidates, lab managers, and post-docs from academic research institutions in the US or Europe. 

Biochemical Society, Scientific Outreach Grants
The Society wishes to support scientific outreach activities that communicates the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community. Applications are invited for up to £1000 to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred (e.g. transport and teacher cover).

British Society of Immunology, Communicating Immunology Grants
The aims of the Grants are to stimulate interest, discussion and understanding of immunology amongst a wider audience, support formal and informal learning about immunology and target a wide range of audiences.

Medical Research Foundation, Alexander Fleming Dissemination Awards
These awards provide support for the dissemination of MRC and Medical Research Foundation-funded research results beyond the scientific peer reviewed press, to patients, participants, practitioners and policy makers.

Microbiology Society, Education and Outreach Grants
Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support relevant science teaching or promotion initiatives, or to support developments likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology.

National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Programme Development Grants 
This new NIHR funding call aims to improve health and care in the community, through supporting innovative and inclusive ways of partnership working between researchers, people and communities, and other key stakeholders. 

Physiological Society Institutional Engagement Award
Up to £500 funding available to support Society Representatives and members to co-host events at their organisation, including internal conferences, teaching symposia, seminars or outreach events. 

The Society for Experimental Biology Outreach Grant
The Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) aims to empower members to contribute to the public understanding of science, and to promote engagement with all forms of experimental biology. The Outreach and Engagement Grant provides funding to support outreach events and activities that will reach a variety of public audiences. Members can apply for up to £1000, and non-members £200 to cover the costs associated with holding or participating in an outreach event or activity. There are two application deadlines per year: 1st June and 1st October.

The Society for Experimental Biology Diversity Grant
The Diversity Grant provides funding to help tackle barriers to inclusion and support initiatives that promote diversity in academia and science to help create and support a representative community in experimental biology research. SEB members can apply for funding of up to £1000. For example, this may be used to improve accessibility at research and outreach events, or for projects to increase awareness of the contributions of underrepresented groups in experimental biology. Applications welcome throughout the year.

Society for Endocrinology, Public Engagement Grant
Up to £1000 is available to support organisation and delivery of outreach activities, aimed at school children and/or the general public. 

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Community Research Networks call
£500,000 funding is available from the UKRI for 20 collaborative projects to develop and sustain Community Research Networks, designed by community groups and partnerships that exist outside the current research and innovation system. The initial Expressions of Interest phase is now open. 

Wellcome, Engagement Fellowships
Engagement Fellowships aim to support and develop emerging leaders from a range of backgrounds so they can engage the public with health research. The funding covers salary and research expenses over a 2 year period.