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

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., Quarterly Travel Grants
Each quarter, 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. Deadline: 12th October 2022

Physiological Society, Outreach Grants
For Ordinary Members, Affiliates and Associate Members of The Society to run an outreach or public engagement activity. Members only can apply for a small grant of up to £500, which is awarded on a monthly basis. Members and non-members can apply for a large grant between £500 and £20,000, which is awarded annually. 

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. Next deadline: 21st September 2022.

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.