International Engagement Awards
International Engagement Awards provide funding for innovative public or community engagement projects that explore health research in Africa and Asia.
Scheme at a glance
Research and development, Production and project delivery, Building your organisation
Where your audience is:
Selected low- and middle-income countries
Level of funding:
Up to £30,000
Duration of funding:
Up to 3 years
About your eligibility, the application process or the content of your proposal:
- +44 (0)20 7611 5757
About our online application system:
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You can send a query form by email at any time.
Projects we've funded
Eligibility and suitability
Who can apply
International Engagement Awards are open to a range of applicants, including scientists and health researchers, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), educators, artists, theatre practitioners, and cultural and community organisations.
A biomedical scientist or health researcher must lead or work on your project.
Your audience, and the engagement activity, must be in a low- or middle-income country within Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or East Asia.
Go to the World Bank website to see a list of low- and middle-income countries.
Who can't apply
You can't apply if your proposal is mainly about:
- health promotion or a campaign (ie any project that's trying to change behaviour or raise awareness of an issue)
- art for therapeutic purposes
- simple health information provision
- academic research, apart from when it's integral to the development of the initiative (eg action research).
What we're looking for
- encourage discussion about health research and its impact on communities
- promote innovative partnerships between community organisations, arts and culture, and health researchers
- develop individuals, organisations and societies so they can carry out high-quality community engagement with health research in the future (capacity building).
Competitive projects come in many forms, such as community-led digital storytelling, collaborative theatre projects or café-style debates.
If you're a scientist or researcher, we encourage you to work with partners outside science. These partners could be NGOs, educators, artists, theatre practitioners, and cultural and community organisations.
What we offer
International Engagement Awards are up to £30,000, for projects of up to three years. Our support can include:
funding for staff directly related to the project, unless they are already funded by their organisation
fees for other people who are essential to the project, such as consultants and artists
essential materials and consumables, such as workshop materials, printing and stationery
production costs, press and marketing for the dissemination of the work
travel and subsistence costs that you can justify
evaluation and dissemination
- administration and support costs
We cover administration and support costs if:
- your host organisation is in a low- or middle-income country.
- your grant will be directly awarded to that organisation.
These costs are in addition to the £30,000 limit for your public engagement project.
They may include:
- administration, eg grant management, technical and administrative services
- other costs which are necessary for your project, eg computing and internet access costs, access to electronic resources, facility and running costs such as utilities, furniture, waste disposal and incineration, and building maintenance.
How to apply for these costs
- give a full breakdown of costs in your grant application form
- explain why these costs are necessary to your project
- include a letter from the finance director of your host organisation with your application, confirming that the costs are a true representation of the costs incurred.
You can ask for up to 5% of the total amount you're requesting as contingency.
What we don’t offer
We don't fund on a proportion of full economic costs in UK universities.
How to apply
This scheme has no further application deadlines for 2016. We will announce our new funding framework for public engagement schemes in November 2016.
Find out more about the pause in our public engagement funding.
Stages of application
Submit a query form
You can submit a query at any time.
Complete the query form and email it to email@example.com.
If your proposed project is eligible, we'll invite you to make a full application. We'll provide advice and feedback to increase your chances of making a successful full application.
Submit your full application
A funding committee will review your full application.
You can send a query form by email at any time.
- Research and development
- Production and project delivery
- Building your organisation
- Selected low- and middle-income countries