UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


IHE Engagement Small Grants

9 January 2024

The IHE Engagement Delivery Group is delighted to launch a new grant scheme.


The IHE Engagement Small Grants scheme will offer up to £500 to support UCL researchers carrying out public engagement activities related to healthcare engineering. 

In addition to funding, you will also benefit from in-kind advice and support from the IHE’s Communications and Impact Manager, and the IHE Engagement Delivery Group. 

Who can apply? 

UCL staff and postgraduate students whose work has a connection to healthcare engineering or digital health. 

What types of projects are we looking to support? 

Any form of high-quality public engagement that catalyses meaningful interactions between UCL and the public. The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement has excellent resources on what constitutes high-quality public engagement. 

Activities might include (but are no means limited to): 

  • Workshops 
  • Community events 
  • Creating educational materials 
  • School outreach 
  • Artistic output 

If you’re seeking inspiration, take a look at what IHE Impact Fellows have achieved with £500 grants. 

Examples of ways the funds can be used: 

  • Reimbursing participants for their time 
  • Purchasing materials 
  • Paying experts for their skills (e.g., facilitators, artists, event assistants) 
  • Catering 
  • Travel 

The funds can be used to support existing projects/projects with other sources of funding. 

The funds cannot be used to fund UCL staff time. 

What do you need to demonstrate in your application? 

  • You have identified a public audience and considered their interests and requirements 
  • Your activity will centre on two-way knowledge exchange or co-production 
  • You have thought about how you will spend the funds 
  • You have a plan in place to evaluate your engagement activity 

Check out UCL Engagement’s top tips on public engagement funding applications. 

If your application is successful, we ask that: 

  • You use the Institute of Healthcare Engineering logo when promoting your activities and/or clearly state the funding source. 
  • You create a short report, blog or video showcasing your project. 

How to apply: 

Send your application to healthcare-eng@ucl.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Engagement Small Grants’ 

  • Describe your project plan and target audience (up 500 words) 
  • Who will be involved in the project and what is their relevant expertise? (up to 300 words) 
  • What are your objectives and how will you measure them – describe your evaluation plan (up 300 words) 
  • How will you allocate the funds? (up to 200 words) 

Deadline Term 2: 9 February 2024, 11.59 PM. 

The fund will reopen for applications in future terms.