In 2008, RCUK partnered with the UK Funding Councils and Wellcome Trust on the Beacons for Public Engagement initiative (ending in December 2011). Six Beacons were established around the UK to pilot new methods to embed public engagement within their organisations, alongside the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement. Following on from the success of the Beacons and recognising that further support was needed to embed public engagement within the sector, RCUK invested a further £2.4 million in Catalyst funding (April 2012- March 2015) this funding was intended to act as a catalyst for culture change within HEIs to help them embed public engagement with research within their policies, procedures and practices.
The aims of the Catalysts were to:
The following HEIs were awarded funding:
Their final reports to document the progress they made and the lessons they learned can be accessed here.