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Launch of the 2019-2020 PolicyBristol Support Scheme

21 June 2019

Today sees the launch of the PolicyBristol Support Scheme for 2019-2020, offering funding for policy-engagement activities across all faculties and disciplines.

The PolicyBristol Support Scheme helps University of Bristol academics engage in activities that enhance the policy impact of their research. It provides funding to support dissemination and relationship-building activities with policy-making stakeholders.

We fund activities that aim to support:

  • Providing policy-relevant expert advice to the private sector, governments, NGOs & charities
  • Informing/changing professional practice or public policy
  • Improving social, cultural and environmental sustainability
  • Improving management of an environmental risk or hazard
  • Leading to legislative change, or effect on legal principle or practice

Previous applicants have been awarded funding for networking events inviting policy-makers, short films to reach policy audiences, policy engagement workshops, and travel to meet government officials to influence new legislation or policies.

Criteria and funding 

Applicants must be UoB academic staff, with permanent or fixed-term employment contracts with the University that include undertaking research (not including doctoral research). Proposals are welcome from individuals and groups of academics at any stage of their career. If you have questions about your eligibility, please get in touch to discuss further. This scheme is for applications up to £3000 per applicant.

PolicyBristol Support Scheme dates for your diary

Application deadline: applicants need to submit application forms by: Monday 29th July 2019

Decisions will be made: the PolicyBristol team will consider all applications by: Wednesday 7th August 2019. Applicants will be notified of the team's decision shortly after this date.

The PolicyBristol team can offer guidance and feedback on your application. Due to capacity, the team is only able to offer advice and comments on one draft of your application form. More information on this can be found on the Guidance Notes for Applicants.

How to apply

For more information on the PolicyBristol Support Scheme, including guidance for applicants and to find the application documents please go to the PolicyBristol Support Scheme section of the intranet or contact us at  

Further information

If you require funding of under £1,000 for your policy engagement work, please email in the first instance, with details of your query.

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