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Public Engagement Grants

The WCHN bursaries have been designed to support and develop researcher skills and experience in public engagement in research. The scheme is available to all researchers and staff within the Centre.

The scheme offers two bursaries, with two funding rounds per year. Applications will require a short form demonstrating how the project aligns with the criteria. The bursaries available are:

Public Engagement and Involvement Pilot Fund – Up to £500

The Public Engagement and Involvement Pilot Fund can be applied for by any researcher from the Centre to enable them to test an engagement or involvement project.

The funds can be used to:

  • Develop and test a larger public engagement or involvement idea
  • Run a focus group to work with target audiences in shaping research design or practice
  • Experiment with an innovative approach to public engagement or involvement
  • Build evidence for inclusion in larger research grant applications for public engagement and involvement

The outcomes from this program can then be used to apply for further engagement funding.

Public Engagement and Involvement Innovation Fund – Up to £2000

The Public Engagement Innovation Fund is available to researchers who have previously attended the Introduction to Public Engagement training program run by the PE team. The aim of this bursary is to enable researchers to run public engagement projects that align with the Centre’s vision and aims.

The funds can be used to:

  • Build on an engagement/involvement project previously piloted
  • Develop a project focused on two-way engagement with your target audience
  • Develop a project which enables patients to feed into a research project

All projects must meet the criteria for this bursary demonstrating a strong understanding of pubic engagement or patient and public involvement.

Successful Grant Scheme Applicants

Kate Ledingham, PLORAS group (2019)

Kate is gaining the views of stroke survivors on a questionnaire used in the PLORAS group’s research, in order to optimise its administration both in person and online via our website. The measure asks people to self-report their language abilities at different time-points post-stroke.  Only participants are able to tell the group how they perceive their language now in comparison with their pre-stroke abilities, and PLORAS will use this information in conjunction with neuroimaging and standardised language assessments to develop predictions of language recovery post-stroke. The PE Grant Scheme is enabling Kate to run discussion groups with stroke survivors to gain their perspectives on the measure, to improve its accessibility, ease of use and acceptability to people with and without aphasia.


Michael Moutousiss, Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research (2019)

Michael was granted the Public Engagement Pilot Fund of £500 during the first round of the Public Engagement Grant Scheme in 2019. With the funding he aims to start a process which will help inform and adapt his translational neuroscience research so that it is more relatable to real life and more useful for potential beneficiaries.

The funding will support the creation of an ‘expert by mental health experience’ steering group. The group will consist of key stakeholders such as people with lived experience as carers or past users of psychological therapies, as well as Mental Health Trust User research advisors. Through a series of meetings, the group will help improve the protocol for the research study ‘Mechanisms behind choosing to disengage from psychological therapy’.