Research Councils UK (RCUK) is pleased to announce the launch of the Strategic Support to Expedite Embedding Public Engagement with Research (SEE-PER) grants. This funding invited two types of approach from institutions to help enrich and embed cultures within Higher Education Institutions, firstly where excellent public engagement with research (PER) is supported, valued and rewarded and secondly where PER is integrated within institutional policies, practices and procedures. Funding from RCUK is provided for six months, with match funding from the institution extending the activity period for three to six months beyond that.
Projects to enhance and embed institutional support for PER
Building on the success of and learning from the RCUK PER Catalyst Seed Fund, Catalyst funding and the Beacons for Public Engagement (co-funded with the Wellcome Trust and UK funding councils), seven institutions (listed below with their Principal Investigators) have been awarded up to £60,000 to create, enrich and embed cultures within HEIs where excellent public engagement with research (PER) is more effectively and strategically supported:
Projects addressing a specific PER support challenge
The funding also seeks to expand the existing knowledge about ‘what works’ in supporting public engagement with research by addressing specific challenge areas identified in the recent Factors Affecting Public Engagement by Researchers and State of Play reports. Five institutions (listed below with their identified challenge and Principal Investigator) have been awarded up to £60,000 to synthesise knowledge and pilot activity in their chosen challenge area:
The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement will provide a coordination and learning capture and dissemination function for the SEE-PER portfolio of projects
Dr Jenni Chambers, RCUK’s Head of Public Engagement with Research, said: “We are delighted to be able to support 12 high quality projects that will both deepen our understanding of how to effectively support excellent public engagement with research (PER) within universities and research institutes and to begin to tackle some of the remaining embedding challenges identified in the Factors Affecting Public Engagement by Researchers and State of Play research. We look forward to working with the funded institutions and the NCCPE to ensure learning from SEE-PER programme is effectively shared with the sector.”
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Communications Manager, Research Councils UK
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