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.**

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.

Take part in online science schools engagement. The popular I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer programme is running “Stay at Home” activities for researchers to engage with school aged students up until 20 July. Sign up here (rolling deadline).

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

Watch a brand new film and take part in an online Q&A about SPAN: a hands-on history project is a participatory research project that involves members of the public in researching and writing history. On 12 July.

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! 

Looking further ahead/rolling deadlines 

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