Social and research engagement

Research Engagement Competition 2020 -Update

Written by Ruth, May 22 2020

In 2019 we held our first annual Research Engagement Grant competition, designed to provide a UK-based PhD student with a financial boost to increase their research engagement activities during their doctoral studies.

Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, we were unfortunately compelled to cancel the 2020 annual Research Engagement Grant competition. However, we are already looking forward to next year’s competition in 2021, details of which will be released early next year.

We will be looking to fund activities such as:

The award is for up to £1,000 to cover full or partial research engagement costs.

Applications must be submitted by those currently carrying out a PhD and each application must be supported by the student’s PhD supervisor.

The 2019 winner, Emily Taylor from the University of Bath (see photo below), was awarded £1000 to forge collaborative links with the National Autistic Society, a leading charity in her area of doctoral research. Emily has also been using the grant to run public engagement events and focus groups to involve autistic people in her research. Emily is supervised by Dr Punit Shah, both of whom we wholly enjoyed meeting on campus at Bath to present Emily with her award last year.

Competition Winner

We received a vast number of applications to our 2019 competition and we were greatly impressed by the quality of proposals we received, both in terms of the variety of doctoral research topics and the novelty of the research engagement activities proposed. It became evident very quickly that investment in PhD students and their ideas is a highly worthwhile endeavour and we look forward to reading further innovative proposals during future competitions.

Stay tuned for updates about GrantCraft’s 2021 Research Engagement Grant competition or don't hesitate to contact us if you want to discuss it with us.