Outreach grants

The Society provides support for its Members to engage with the public on all aspects of physiology through its Outreach Grants scheme. Events run using funding from the scheme provide a great opportunity to promote an awareness and understanding of physiology. They also benefit the researchers themselves, giving them a new perspective on their research area, improved communications skills and greater confidence to engage with a wider audience.

Outreach Grants provide up to £1000 per calendar year for Ordinary Members, Affiliates and Associate Members of The Society to run an outreach or public engagement activity. This could be a schools visit, a Meet the Scientists event at a science museum or an event at a science festival. It could be a stand-alone activity, or organised as part of a wider event such as Brain Awareness Week.

Grants provide funding for speakers’ and demonstrators’ travel; and accommodation and resources such as printed leaflets or demonstration kits. We cannot, however, provide funding for honoraria.

We are open to any ideas from you as to how physiologists can engage with the public. If you would like to discuss your idea with us before submitting an application, please contact us at outreach@physoc.org.

The small print

As part of your application, you will be asked to outline the aims and objectives of your activity, the intended audience and fully justify all requested costs. We encourage you to find additional sponsorship to run your event, where necessary.

The Society asks that it is acknowledged on any promotional material, websites and at the event itself. We also ask that you provide an evaluation report of your event and submit it to us within one month of your event taking place, and that you fill in this project evaluation and learning form.

If your application for funding is successful, we will send you material to help with marketing. We are also happy to help you develop your idea.

To help your application, we have compiled a list of resources for running and evaluating public engagement and outreach activities.

Apply for an Outreach grant

Click here to apply for an Outreach Grant (once logged in, please navigate to the My Applications page). We receive applications throughout the year, and deadlines fall at the end of each month.  Please ensure your application is submitted at least one month before the event you are planning is due to take place. Please see the table below for further explanation. Please read the terms and conditions before applying. For any guidance please contact outreach@physoc.org

Applications are assessed by The Society’s Education and Outreach Committee, and successful applicants will be notified within one month of the deadline. 

Submission deadlineDate of event
31 JanuaryFor events after 1 March
28 FebruaryFor events after 1 April
31 MarchFor events after 1 May
30 AprilFor events after 1 June
31 MayFor events after 1 July
30 JuneFor events after 1 August
31 JulyFor events after 1 September
31 AugustFor events after 1 October
30 SeptemberFor events after 1 November
31 OctoberFor events after 1 December
30 NovemberFor events after 1 January

The Physiological Society is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, and thereby welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds.

Applications that consider how to involve audiences from a range of different backgrounds (particularly those that are traditionally hard-to-reach) are also encouraged.