Outreach grants

Our outreach grants should be used to increase understanding and awareness of physiology.

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Who can apply?

Members and non-Members: we encourage collaborative applications, including those between expert science communicators, facilitators of public engagement, artists, musicians, thespians and our Members.

How much funding is available?

Any value up to £20,000

Use the funding to:

  • To increase understanding and awareness of physiology amongst the non-expert public
  • To increase awareness of the opportunities available to those who pursue physiology in their education
  • To increase engagement with physiology research

How do I apply?

Deadlines

Grants of up to £500

Applications will be considered on an ad hoc basis throughout the year and applicants will usually be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of the month following the submission date e.g. applicants submitting in January will be notified of the outcome by the end of February.

Grants greater than £500

31 January 2019Deadline for applications
11 February 2019Shortlisted applicants will be notified and asked to complete a stage two application form
11 March 2019Deadline for stage two applications
Start of April 2019Applicants may be invited to interview
Mid-April 2019Interviews will be held
End of April 2019Final decisions sent out

Making your application competitive

Training – Where possible, applications for larger grants should incorporate training into the project plan to help develop the science communication skills of everyone involved, including early career physiologists; funds can be included in the budget for this purpose.

Target Audience – Priority will be given to applicants with projects aiming to reach 16-25 year olds as part of their target audience.

Resources – Those applying for grants of >£500 should ensure that their project results in a publication and/or resource for the benefit of other members of The Society.

Project Evaluation – Applications for grants of >£500 should detail an embedded mechanism of evaluation for the project.

Citizen Science – The Society welcomes applications for Citizen Science projects. This means that the aim of the project should be to address a physiological hypothesis about Lifelong Health using data collected from or by members of the public. Successful applicants will have demonstrated that they have thought about the balance between scientific and educational value so that both physiologists and participants benefit. Applicants are invited to apply for funding for a pilot year; if this is successful there is the potential that further funding may become available to extend the project. To find out more about what we are looking for please email outreach@physoc.org.

Scoring criteria

  1. Have the aims, objectives and target audience of the project been clearly stated? (Out of 3)
  2. How feasible is the project? This should take into consideration planning, timelines, budgets and execution. (Out of 3)
  3. How well does the project align to The Society’s aims? (out of 3)
  1. How well does the project fulfil the aim specified on the application? Does the project have a clear and adequate evaluation plan? ( Out of 5)
  2. How feasible is the project? This should take into consideration planning, timelines, budgets and execution. (Out of 5)
  3. What is the impact of the project on physiologists? Will the outcomes of this work inform confidence in public engagement, research or physiology more generally? (Out of 5)
  4. What is the impact of the project on the audience? (Out of 5)
  5. Is a resource/ publication being produced as a result of this project? Will the resource be useful to other Society members or can it be used by The Society to reach a wider audience? (Out of 3)
  1. Applications should be submitted by 11.59pm on the stated deadlines.
  2. Funds received through this grant scheme must only be used for the purpose outlined in the application.
  3. What we will not fund:
    • Applications asking for contributions to a larger scale project already funded by another organisation or organisations.
    • Projects that do not aim to incorporate Society members.
    • Applications that do not give a detailed breakdown of the project budget.
    • Applications for grants of >£500 where applicants have been previously awarded >£500 by The Society within two years of the submission deadline. This may be reconsidered if the aims of the project have significantly changed.
  4. The Society must be acknowledged in all promotional material, websites and at the event itself, and logo usage must be signed off by The Society.
  5. The grant holder must be prepared to give updates to the Society Engagement and Impact Officer throughout the project (every few months for grants of >£500). Successful applicants will be contacted by the Engagement and Impact Officer as soon as they have been notified of the outcome of the grant.
  6. Grants must be claimed within six months of the award and reporting must be completed within twelve months of the award.
  7. For grants of >£500, upon completion of the project you will be required to:
    • Submit an abstract for presentation at the main meeting detailing the outcomes of your project. Please budget for travel expenses for this within your application.
    • Submit an abstract for presentation at the main meeting detailing the outcomes of your project. Please budget for travel expenses for this within your application.
    • Submit a breakdown of how funds were spent to the Engagement and Impact Officer.
    • Complete a case study or report for The Society’s marketing team, if requested.
  8. For grants of <£500, upon completion of the project you will be required to complete a 100 word summary to illustrate how you have met The Society’s aims and a brief summary of how the funds were spent. Both of these should then be submitted to the Engagement and Impact Officer.
  9. Unspent funds must be returned to The Society.
  10. If you do not comply with the terms and conditions set out here, or if the grant is not used for the purpose with which it is given, the funds will be repayable at The Society’s discretion.
  11. The Society will process your data in accordance with our Fair Processing Notice.

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