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The Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research

The Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research was developed by the UK’s research funding bodies. The aim of the Concordat is to help embed public engagement with research across all disciplines in the higher education and research sectors.

"Now more than ever we need to maximise the effectiveness of science engagement by increasing its reach and impact. I welcome this Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research and its aims to strengthen public engagement across the research and HE sector. I would like to thank all the signatories and supporters who will be implementing and reviewing the Concordat for their commitment to public engagement, which will enhance the future of research and benefit the UK society and economy.” David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science

The Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research provides a single statement of expectations and responsibilities of research funders in the UK.

Concordat Principles

The Concordat has four principles that signatories agree to adhere to:

  • UK research organisations have a strategic commitment to public engagement
  • Researchers are recognised and valued for their involvement with public engagement activities
  • Researchers are enabled to participate in public engagement activities through appropriate training, support and opportunities
  • The signatories and supporters will undertake regular reviews of their and the wider research sector’s progress in fostering public engagement across the UK

Commitment to the Concordat signals research funders’ support of HEIs and research institutes to help them embed public engagement at a strategic level. Research organisations are encouraged to celebrate and communicate their researchers’ successes in public engagement and the Concordat will also facilitate the sharing of best practice. Read more about the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research on the RCUK website.


The NCCPE was invited to translate these expectations into practical guidance for four key categories of staff. You can download these, and an introduction to the Concordat, below.