Opportunities and support for researchers

We see public engagement and patient public involvement (PPI) as opportunities to strengthen research by adding new viewpoints, backgrounds, thoughts and ideas to discussions around a project.

We offer the following support to University of Bristol researchers working on health projects across any disciplines:

  • Bespoke public engagement advice: including 1) developing high-impact public engagement activities for University of Bristol led research, 2) writing up public engagement plans for grant applications led by University of Bristol researchers, 3) support identifying relevant public 'audiences'.
  • Relationship building: we have good links with community organizations, particularly through our Public Advisory Group. Where we can we will help link researchers with creative and community partners for public engagement activities, or with other researchers from across the University who could work with you on an engagement project.
  • Funding: our Researcher-led public engagement seed fund offers up to £500 to health researchers from any discipline to deliver an engagement event, workshop or activity.
  • Training: we work closely with the central University public engagement team, who deliver training throughout the year. We also signpost to PPI training and resources via People in Health West of England.
  • Patient and Public Involvement (PPI): we have strong links with PPI professionals across the University and our local CCGs, and aim to signpost researchers to training and support where possible. Find out more via our PPI page.
  • Our engagement projects: find out about how you can get involved in engagement projects led by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute.

If you are interested in public engagement opportunities but do not work on a health-related project, you may wish to get in touch with the University of Bristol’s Public Engagement team.

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