University of Southampton Public Engagement with Research unit (PERu) – Development Funding
Public Engagement with Research (PER) – Development Funding
PER seed-funding has supported numerous projects over the years, many of which have thrived and grown beyond the funding period to attract other funding, develop partnerships and take up new and exciting directions.
Applications are now invited for public and community engagement projects to run during the 2020/21 academic year.
Call assessment criteria:
All proposals should demonstrate ability to stimulate interest, excitement and debate about an area of UoS research.
In addition, each proposal will be assessed against the following criteria, listed in order of significance:
- Clear rationale and purpose for the engagement work;
- Clear identification of a defined audience for the engagement (linked to purpose);
- Potential for interaction and listening within the project to maximise 2-way engagement between everyone involved, leading to mutual benefit;
- A considered plan for evaluating the project’s effectiveness;
- Development of an innovative engagement approach; OR a tried-and-tested method in a new context;
- The potential for learning/development of the researchers involved; and consideration of how this can be captured and shared with the wider UoS research community;
- The potential for matched resource or funding for the proposed activity;
- Where relevant, the potential sustainability of the activity beyond the initial period of funding.
Alongside these criteria, and depending on the rationale/purpose of the project, applicants are encouraged to consider:
- The potential for engaging an under-represented community or place, particularly within the City of Southampton;
- The potential for activities/outputs to feature within UoS engagement platforms: Human Worlds (Arts/Humanities) Festival (November), ESRC Festival of Social Sciences (November), Science/Engineering Festival (March), Bringing Research to Life Roadshow;
- The potential for working with an external partner(s). PERu may be able to help facilitate connections to external projects/stakeholders via eg. one of the Public Engagement Hubs (Community Health & Wellbeing/Nature & Biodiversity/Future Cities), or the Schools/University Partnerships Officer. For advice on this please email firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Suitability of the proposal to connect or integrate with Faculty or University strategic initiatives, for example:
Arts & Culture – collaborative opportunities with UoS arts venues – contact L.C.Coysh@soton.ac.uk; the Strategic Partnership with Winchester Science Centre – contact email@example.com;
- International engagement is within scope and the International Office may be able to advise/support – contact firstname.lastname@example.org in first instance for advice.
Please note, PERu will not fund proposals that are primarily focussed on marketing and dissemination activities.
Deadline and how to apply:
Please download the Call Document and complete and return the application form by Monday 21 September 2020
PERu will aim to announce awards by Friday 16 October 2020.
If you have any queries or would like to discuss application ideas, please do get in touch with email@example.com.
Projects to start: November 2020
Interim reporting deadline: March 2021
Project spend must be complete by 31 July
Final reporting deadline: September 2021