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APEX Public Engagement Grant

This scheme is only available to successful awardees of the APEX grant and provides between £500 and £10,000 for public engagement activity relating to the holder’s APEX project, split across two years. 

What is public engagement? 

What is the APEX Public Engagement Grant?

Applying for this scheme

What is public engagement?

Public engagement can have a variety of interpretations, but the definition developed by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) is the most widely accepted. In their definition, public engagement "describes the many ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit."

What is the APEX Public Engagement Grant?

The Public Engagement Grant for APEX award holders is an additional fund that successful APEX award holders from the latest round can apply for, in addition to their main APEX grant. 

The grant aims to support successful APEX award holders in undertaking public engagement projects based on their research, and to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence of researchers undertaking public engagement projects. 

All funded projects should:

  • Be based on research funded by the Royal Society’s APEX grant 
  • Involve scientists interacting with a public group outside your institution 
  • Target specific audiences based on the aims and rationale of the project 
  • Encourage open discussion between scientific researchers and your project’s target audience 
  • Aim to produce benefits for the public, the researcher and any partners or collaborators 

We are particularly interested in projects that: 

  • Encourage collaboration between science and the arts 
  • Reach people that are currently underrepresented in the Society’s public engagement work, including:
    - Those without a science degree 
    - Those from geographically remote locations 
    - Those from low income backgrounds 

Applying for this scheme

Applicants may only submit one application for the APEX Public Engagement Grant round. 

For detailed information about the scheme, including project dates, guidance for applications and full eligibility, please download the APEX Public Engagement Grant scheme notes.

We strongly advise that you contact the Public Engagement team to discuss your proposed project before making an application.

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