Internal funding scheme

              BPI engagement and networking fund 2019-20            


We are pleased to relaunch our researcher-led engagement and networking fund for the 2019-20 academic year, building on the successes of last year.

The aim of this fund is to enable University of Bristol researchers to bring together colleagues – and external collaborators, where appropriate – to discuss shared research interests and build networks for future collaboration. Early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. The primary purpose of the fund is to support small-scale activities to grow and develop the University of Bristol poverty-research community. Activities are likely to include seminars, workshops and focus groups, and must take place in Bristol. It is anticipated that the funding will primarily be used to purchase catering and refreshments for events, although where appropriate it can also be used to cover travel costs for visiting speakers and participants.

Examples of activities funded in the 2018-19 academic year include:

A three-part seminar series exploring different aspects of youth experiences and inequalities

A day of workshops on Rural Food Poverty in the UK in collaboration with two NGOs

A book launch for a volume on Debt edited and authored by several UoB ECRs

A cooking event in collaboration with a local NGO bringing staff and students together with community members

Grants awarded under this scheme will normally be in the region of £200, although applications up to £350 will be considered. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all funding has been allocated or the call closing date (31 May 2020), whichever is sooner. All activities must be completed by the end of the academic year (31 July 2020), and applications should be submitted at least two months prior to the proposed activity date.

Please note that only University of Bristol researchers are eligible to apply for this fund. To access the call guidance and application form please visit our internal Sharepoint page (UoB login required).

If you have any questions about this scheme or would like to discuss a prospective idea please contact BPI Manager Lauren Winch ( 

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