Opportunities and Funding

As well as offering training, our team can help you find and get involved in activities where you can put your engagement skills into practice with face-to-face conversations with communities. Opportunities are listed below. 

Further down the page you can also find out about potential funding for your engagement projects.

Get in touch and tell us what you're interested in doing and we can help you find the right opportunity. 

** Please note, the opportunities and dates listed below are correct at the time of writing but in the current climate we recommend checking the linked webpages for any updates.**

Be part of FUTURES2020, a festival of discovery in Bristol, Bath, Exeter, and Plymouth celebrating European Researchers' Night (27-28 November). All researchers can join online and physically distanced public events at the SS Great Britain, Galleries Shopping Centre and more! Check out our website and email the FUTURES team asap to take part.

Do you know an artist or creative who would like to work with The Bristol Doctoral College and the University’s Brigstow Institute? They would collaborate to produce a short film, animation or other digital artwork to celebrate 100 years of postgraduate research at the University, and the diversity of its past and current PGR community. Find out more.

Be part of Bristol’s Cabot Institute’s Communicators Group. If you are a PhD or postdoc, have a passion for communicating environmental research and would like the opportunity to develop your communication skills, whether that be blogging, social media, drafting press releases, getting your message right and more, apply for this opportunity.  

Would you like to be a New Generation Thinker? This prestigious scheme offers early career researchers the opportunity to develop programmes for the BBC. If selected, you’ll workshop ideas with BBC producers, get media and public engagement training, and a platform for informing and influencing public opinion, policy and practice. Closing date 1 October. Apply here.

Be part of a new exhibit at We The Curious. They are looking for contributors to short films on the topic of the theoretical question "What if we did prevent illness?”, addressing Population, Environment and Sustainability for young audiences. Email for more details.  

Practice your science communication. Oddly Moving circus would like to chat (over Zoom) to a student or academic with a physics background as they develop their new circus and physical theatre show, ATLAS, which tells the story of Atlas holding the weight of the cosmos. They would like to discuss questions such as the weight of the universe, how gravity works in space and how gravity works on us. For more info email Ellie Cripps in Public Engagement.

Help schools stay connected with STEM. Researchers and technicians are invited to take part in I’m a Scientist from September, using a text-based chat system with school students. Find out more.

Take part in Cardiff Science Festival, 18th-21st February 2021. The festival engages with around 10,000 people each year, with an emphasis on running events in public spaces and reducing the barriers to people engaging with the festival. 2021 will likely be a mix of digital and physical engagement. Register your interest here.

Engage with Bristol’s One City Climate Strategy which was launched in March in response to Bristol City Council’s Climate Emergency declaration. The Cabot Institute invite academics from all departments and faculties to engage with the local council and stakeholders across the City to co-produce research that can improve our City. Get in touch with Allan MacLeod for more details.

Get involved with your local community. The British Science Association are on the hunt for volunteers for their new UKRI-funded Community Buddy scheme.

Link with a public involvement group through a new matching service fromThe Health Research Authority. This scheme is intended to find people who can provide meaningful input into the design, conduct, and dissemination of COVID-19 related studies.

Enhance the greenspaces or walkability of Bedminster by supporting the initiatives Let's Walk Bedminster and My Wild Bedminster. These groups would like to collaborate with researchers to apply for funding from the University's Brigstow Institute. For more info email Ben Barker.

What are your experiences of participating in public engagement using digital platforms? Take part in this survey for people working in STEMM-based subjects (broadly) which is exploring possible digital discrimination, bias and harassment that may be experienced by engagers.

Share your research! Several local organisations have opportunities to talk to their members e.g. Mensa (Bristol), University of the Third Age Monmouth, Sherborne Science Cafe and Libraries including the Central Library, Yate, Bedminster and Knowle. For more info email Ellie Cripps.


Need funding for engagement? Calls open now include:

Deadlines soon! 

 Rolling deadlines

Temple Quarter Engagement Fund update: The deadline for the next round to be announced. Find out about successfully funded projects

For more ongoing opportunities for funding see the NCCPE’s webpages.