UKRI Public Engagement Vision and £0.5m call for proposals

UK Research and Innovation has recently published its vision for public engagement.

This explains how it will promote world-leading research and innovation that is built on the knowledge and values of society and open to people from all backgrounds.  Click for more information on the vision.

Alongside the vision, UKRI has launched its first public engagement funding call for universities and community partners to test new ways to collaborate on research and innovation with under-represented communities.

£500,000 is being made available to support research organisations UK-wide to pilot place-based public engagement partnerships and activities.  The call will support capacity building in collaborative, place-based public engagement between research organisations, partner organisations and communities. Projects and partnerships will be driven by a geographically defined community’s need that can be approached by engagement with research and innovation and therefore shape and generate new learning opportunities.

Objectives of the fund

The objectives are to:

  • Initiate or enhance partnerships between research and community partner(s) / organisation(s) in areas of the UK experiencing significant disadvantage, where there is an opportunity to engage with research and innovation;
  • Align with the objectives of other place-based funding and policy work in recognising the role of ‘place’ in research and innovation;
  • Demonstrate collaborative engagement with research and innovation through research organisations, communities and partner organisations, investing in new or tried-and-tested co-production methodologies;
  • Learn from these approaches and utilise that learning to build collaborative capacity that supports productive interactions between research organisations and communities.

Read further information on the fund.


The deadline is 17:00 on Monday 21 October 2019. 

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