Public engagement grants

We are offering grants of up to £5000 to both members of The Society and non-members to run a public activity discussing physiology. We particularly encourage collaborations between expert science communicators, facilitators of public engagement, and our members.

Funding is available to support projects that aim to engage with a public audience about the research and work our members do. Through these projects, we want to foster communities that have a clear understanding and appreciation of the relevance and importance of physiology. Whether this is through inspiring the next generation of physiologists, creating citizen scientists or increasing dialogue between researchers and the public, our key aim is to fund innovative and creative projects.

We are open to any ideas from you as to how physiologists can engage with the public and encourage you to discuss your application with our Outreach Officer before making a submission. Where possible, we will provide feedback and connect you with interested members.

This scheme is now closed for 2014.

Funded activites can be found here.

For terms and conditions see below.

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 your own evaluation report of your project and submit it to us within one month of its completion, and fill in our project evaluation and learning form.

If your application for funding is successful, we will send you material to help with marketing. We will also work with you to develop your idea throughout the project to ensure it is successful and helps address our aims with regard to engaging with public audiences.

Apply for a grant

The scheme is open to Members and non-members of The Physiological Society. We will be looking for evidence of experience in engaging with public audiences in applications.

The deadline for the 2014 scheme is the 1 March.

To help your application, we have compiled a list of useful links for running and evaluating public engagement and outreach activities. We have also uploaded an example of an application based on a public engagement project we funded last year, to give you some ideas about how to write a good application. You could also take a look at the projects we funded in last year's pilot scheme and other public engagement activities we have funded. Finally, the former chair of the Education and Outreach Committee, Louise Robson, has written some guidance that we would like applicants to read before applying.

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.