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Strategic Support to Expedite Embedding Public Engagement with Research (SEE-PER)

RCUK are pleased to announce the launch of a new funding call to help further embed support for public engagement with research in UK universities and Research Council Institutes. The call will aim to support between 10-15 projects in the current financial year from a funding pot of £700,000. Proposals that utilise match funding/in kind contributions to extend the activity period through Academic Year 2017/2018 will be prioritised.

Call type: Invitation for proposals

Closing date: 16:00 5 July 2017

Two types of approach are invited:

  • Proposals that seek to enhance and embed an institution’s approach to supporting PER, building on the learning from the Beacons for Public Engagement, RCUK PER Catalyst and Catalyst Seed Fund programmes (‘enrichment of institutional PER culture’ aspect)
  • Proposals which address a specific challenge in supporting PER effectively, building on the challenges identified in the recent State of Play report, and which expand the existing knowledge base about ‘what works’ in effectively supporting PER (‘addressing PER challenge’ aspect)

Proposals are required to demonstrate high-level institutional support and institutional readiness to enrich their support offer for PER, whether addressing the ‘PER culture’ or ‘PER challenge’ component of the call.

How to apply

Applications need to be submitted through the RCUK Joint Electronic Submissions System (Je-S: When adding a new proposal, you should select:

  • Council ‘EPSRC’
  • Document type ‘Standard Proposal’
  • Scheme ‘RCUK Public Engagement with Research Catalysts’
  • On the Project Details page you should select the ‘Strategic Support to Expedite Embedding Public Engagement with Research’ call.

Only one proposal per institution will be considered. Please liaise internally to ensure only one proposal per institution is submitted.

More information: Summary information about the call can be found here and the full guidance documents, with links to additional recommended resources applicants should consider in developing proposals can be found here.

Key Dates

SEE-PER call opens

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Deadline for Full Proposals

Wednesday 5 July 2017

Sift Panel (depending on demand)

July 2017

Expert Panel Review

Late August/Early September 2017

Announcement of Funding Decisions

September 2017

Grant start date

1 October 2017


Debbie Edginton, PER Officer, RCUK Communications and Public Engagement with Research Team, 01793 44 2825,

Lewis Dean, PER Policy Manager, RCUK Communications and Public Engagement with Research Team, 01793 44 4095,

Jenni Chambers, Head RCUK Public Engagement with Research, RCUK Communications and Public Engagement with Research Team, 01793 413067,

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