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Today sees the launch of a new Research Councils UK (RCUK) funding call to help better embed support for public engagement with research in higher education institutions. 

The Strategic Support to Expedite Embedding Public Engagement with Research (SEE-PER) call is open until July 5th 2017, assessed by panel over summer 2017 with a view to activity commencing no later than 1 October 2017.

The total funding pot is  c. £700,000 and RCUK are seeking to support 10-15 high quality projects through the current financial year (to April 2018). Applications over £60K will not be considered.

Projects will be invited to draw on learning and approaches developed by the Beacons for Public Engagement, RCUK Public Engagement with Research (PER) Catalysts and RCUK PER Catalyst Seed Fund projects.  To support this, the NCCPE is today launching an interim report for the Catalyst Seed Fund programme, distilling the learning and providing a wealth of practical suggestions drawn from the 10 projects

The SEE-PER call will be open to all UK Higher Education Institutions in receipt of RCUK funding, but will be limited to one application per institution.  SEE-PER funding proposals should focus on developing and enhancing support mechanisms for public engagement with research rather than delivery of public engagement activity.

Two types of approach are invited:

  • Proposals that seek to enhance and embed an institution’s approach to supporting PER, in a similar way to the Catalyst Seed Fund programme
  • Proposals which address a specific challenge in supporting PER effectively, building on the challenges identified in the recent State of Play report, and which expand the existing knowledge base about ‘what works’ in effectively supporting PER

If you are considering submitting a proposal and would like to discuss this with a member of the NCCPE team, please email nccpe.enquiries@uwe.ac.uk

The Natural Environment Research Council is also launching a call on the 1st June for projects to support NERC’s long-term commitment to public engagement, building strong engagement between members of the UK public, environmental science and researchers.

NERC is inviting proposals under this programme for public engagement consortium and capacity-building projects costing between £50,000 and £100,000 (at 80% full economic cost) that must be delivered between October 2017 and October 2018.  This consortium and capacity building stage aims to build a long-term, effective and innovative public engagement community, and support the formation of collaborative teams who will then go on, in a second stage, to bid to lead one, ambitious, large-scale project that will achieve national impact and recognition in engaging the UK public with contemporary issues of environmental science.