Outreach and Engagement Grant
This grant is designed to support activities where aspects of microbiology are promoted to the general public and other relevant stakeholders.
- Who can apply: Members and non-members of the Society
- Maximum award: £4,000 (additional funding of £500 is available for audiences that are under served or that typically we fail to reach, or support for mobility issues and special educational needs). You do not need to apply for the maximum amount
- Deadline: there is no deadline to apply, but applications must be made at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the proposed project
This grant is designed to support activities where aspects of microbiology are promoted to the general public and other relevant stakeholders (or to create resources used for education and training). Proposals eligible for support can be very diverse, from pieces of art and drama to popular music, or funds may be used to aid individuals to attend and exhibit at public science festivals, or in collaborations with schools and community groups. Resources promoting microbiology that may also be considered for support could consist of the following: personal time and materials in the design, production and delivery of items such as software, books, videos and other items used in education.
The main criterion is that the event/activity/resource must in some way promote the science of microbiology and inspire your target audience. Applications will be judged against, but not limited to, the following criteria and should demonstrate:
- that the project is relevant, innovative, microbiology-based and communicates underlying concepts, issues and concerns to the target audience
- targeting of specific public audiences with clear objectives on how to make an impact on the target audience (cross-disciplinary collaborations are encouraged)
- evidence of how publicity will be gained to reach the target audience
- evidence of working with microbiologists to ensure accurate content
- evidence of realistic monitoring and evaluation
- cost effectiveness
- evidence that the applicant has a plan to meet any shortfall in funding not covered by this grant
- a realistic understanding of health and safety issues.
Applicants may only apply for this grant once in any 2-year period. However, if the proposed project is suitable and further support is required after the first year, this may be considered. The applicant must submit justification for further funding support using the form below. The maximum subsequent award available is £4,500 per annum.
Eligible persons are members and non-members of the Society. In addition, expert public engagement specialists/science communicators are also eligible to apply. This is provided that satisfactory evidence is produced concerning their expertise and provided that any suggested project has an element of applied microbiology within its theme. Applicants MUST declare any other funding applied for or received from additional sources.
Recipients of the grant will be expected to share any resources, if applicable, with SfAM members and the Society will help facilitate this exchange. Outreach and Engagement Grant recipients are also required to advertise SfAM as sponsors of the project and indicate clearly what type of publicity you will be able to offer SfAM.
A feature report on the SfAM-funded project (800 to 1,500 words) must be provided for publication consideration by the Microbiologist magazine.
- The project must clearly demonstrate how it will effectively engage the general public with applied microbiology, including a comprehensive description of how the success of such engagement will be evaluated.
- SfAM must be acknowledged in any publications/communications that arise from the work.
- A feature report about the project (800 to 1,000 words) must be provided for the Microbiologist magazine within 12 weeks of the date of the project completion. No payment will be made without this documentation.
- Non-members who apply for this grant should have been working in the area of Science Communication/Public Engagement for more than 1 year prior to applying for this grant. Proof of this should be provided on application. Failure to do so will result in your application not being considered.
- Applicants may only apply for this grant once in any 2-year period. (If the project is suitable and further support is required after the first year, this may be considered, and the applicant must submit justification for further funding support.)
- A successful candidate will receive funds payable to their institution only, except for exceptional cases.
- Payment is made retrospectively following completion of the project. The applicant must complete an expense claim form (available from the Society), which must be received by the Society within 12 weeks of the project completion date, along with all ORIGINAL receipts to support the claim. No payment will be made without this documentation.
- Applicants must provide evidence in their application on how they intend to promote SfAM.
- Funding will be withdrawn, and no payment made, if claims are NOT received by the Society within 12 months of grant approval notification.
See some of our previously funded projects
SfAM have funded a collection of public engagement and outreach projects, click the button below to have a look through our projects.