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Patient and Public Engagement and Involvement

There are a number of PPI resources available to researchers, patients, carers, and public members to access if they want to get involved in PPI.

UCL Projects and Opportunities for thsoe within UCL

UCLH PPI Funding 

If you have been thinking about involving patients and the public in your research, but are in need of funding to support this involvement, these bursaries are for you.  Priority is currently being given to PPI in covid-19 research.

They offer up to four £500 starter grants to researchers looking to run small PPI activities, and one innovation grant worth up to £2000 to researchers planning a PPI activity that uses an innovative approach to involving patients and the public that will have a wider impact on the practice of PPI. They are also offering two grants of up to £300 specifically for PhD students to carry out PPI.

Researchers and PhD students are eligible if they – or the lead researcher for their project – are based at UCL.

Applications are particularly invited from those who plan to involve groups who are currently under-represented in research.

To find out more and apply visit this weblink.

Partner with community champions to embed real-world social impact projects in your teaching

UCL’s Community Engaged Learning Service (CELS) has been working with three community partners in Camden to develop ideas for collaborative teaching projects that have a real-world outcome.

This is an exciting opportunity to co-produce a project that gives your students the opportunity to apply theory to practice and build positive impact for more sustainable communities.  To find out more access this weblink.

Grand Challenges: Small Grants

Apply for up to £5,000 to support a cross-faculty, cross disciplinary project. For all sorts of research-informed, societally relevant, cross-disciplinary/cross-boundary activities. Proposals should relate to one of the six strands of the UCL Grand Challenges (weblink) programme. Relevance to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to the programme’s three pan-GC themes (weblink)  will also be of interest:

    • UN SDGs: Pathways to Achievement
    • Place: Equality & Prosperity
    • Age & Society: Life through Generations

Find our more at this weblink.

Deadline for applications: 9am, Wednesday 1 September 2021

External funding opportunities 

Biochemical Society Outreach Grants 

The Biochemical Society’s Scientific Outreach Grants are currently open and will be accepting applications until 20 September 2021. This scheme supports the development of scientific outreach and public engagement activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community with sums of up to £1000. You can apply from anywhere in the world and do not need to be a society member. You can find further details on the scheme at this weblink. Feel free to get in touch with grants@biochemistry.org if you have any questions.

Shape the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement Conference

The call for Engage 2021 contributions is now open!

They are doing things a little differently this year by asking people to contribute to the Engage Unconference, which will take place online from Monday 11th October to Friday 12th November and includes an opportunity to share practice (good and bad) at the Engage Exhibition. The main Engage Conference will be curated by the NCCPE this year by drawing on the outcomes from the Unconference, so this is a great opportunity to really shape the event.

There are two assessment deadlines based on the timeline that best suits your activity: 17th Aug (best for live activities for example) and 23rd September. More details on the call and the themes can be found on the Engage 2021 webpage at this weblink:


Would you like to shape a Public Engagement conference?

This year’s Engage Conference will be on 1st – 2nd December 2021 and, for the first time, we will also be running be the Engage ‘Unconference’ – a plethora of activities, bringing our community together in the weeks leading up to Engage to address the issues we collectively face. There will also be an opportunity to share engagement practice in the Engage Exhibition. 

To book your place, please visit the website

Submit a story or short film to the Social Research Association

Ever produced some creative writing or short films from your research experience? For the first time ever the Social Research Association is running a Research Compendium during its online annual conference on Thursday 25 November 2021. We are looking for attendees to submit written pieces or short films to display in the Research Compendium. Presenters will have a chance to discuss their submissions and take questions from the audience during a networking session running on Thursday 25 November. One presenter for each submission will pay a reduced conference delegate fee. And there will be the opportunity for your work to be considered for inclusion in an upcoming book series. Find out more at this weblink.

Below are a handfull of resources that can be accessed to those who would like further information about PPI support 

University College London Hospital (UCLH) BRC 



Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) BRC






A national advisory group that supports greater patient and public involvement which brings together expertise, insight and experience as an essential part of research.






Public Engagement at UCL
This community exists to support those at UCL who take part in or support Public Engagement and Patient Public Involvement in the Life and Medical Science. Please click on the link to join the MS teams group.