The CME Public Engagement Team provide advice and support on funding including public or patient engagement within your research grant application. We can help with your lay summary, impact section, or help develop activity ideas or audiences to engage with as well as tap into our networks of possible partners (eg artists, designers, facilitators, consultants etc).

The CME Public Engagement Grant Scheme is open to all staff (research, clinical and professional services) & post-graduate students from:

  • School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences
  • Department of Neuroimaging at the IoPPN, King’s College London

We offer two types of PE funding opportunities to best support our staff and PGR students to deliver a broader range of public engagement and patient involvement activities related to their research area:

  • Seed Fund (up to £500)
  • Larger Award (up to £3,000)

Seed Fund

You can apply at any time for up to £500 to put towards public engagement and patient involvement activities, with funds allocated on a rolling monthly basis.

To apply, an initial funding request must be emailed to a member of the Public Engagement Team (max. 300 words). This should include:

  • What? An outline of your activity idea
  • Who? Your primary target public or patient audience
  • Why? What you hope to achieve by hosting your activity
  • How? Amount of funds requested and briefly what they will be used for

Initial funding requests must be received by the last working day of each month or will roll over to the following month. Selected applicants will be invited to complete a 1-page Process Plan to detail their activity more fully before releasing funds. ​​​​​​​

Larger Award

For more developed ideas and larger-scale public and patient engagement activities, we are offering up to £3,000 to fund projects twice a year in the spring and autumn terms. The Spring 2022 round is now open for applications until 12pm on 20th May 2022. To submit your application, please email

Download the application form, which also includes important guidance and inclusion criteria on what will be funded and resources for project ideas and toolkits.

There are several resources available to support you in developing a strong public engagement funding proposal:

  • Introduction to Public Engagement slides 
  • Public & Patient involvement training slides 
  • Frequently asked questions doc 
  • 10 minute video of the key definitions of evaluation
  • Guidance on writing a good lay summary

Previous CME PE Grant Scheme Award Winners


Take a quick look at some of our previous award winners below and read more via the King’s Imaging Blog:

  • Jonathan Jackson, December 2021
    Jonathan was awarded £3k to collaborate with creative facilitators to develop a workshop to bring researchers together with coronary artery disease (CAD) patients. Through open dialogue and creative activities, patients will share their stories of living with CAD and express a shared vision of how the patient experience of CAD surgery can be improved.
  • Dr Jonathan Shapey, May 2021
    Jonathan was awarded £3k to develop a patient and public involvement (PPI) workshop to bring together brain tumour
    patients and researchers to discuss developments in neurosurgery. The conversation was captured by an illustration.

  • Dr Anastasia Nasopoulou , May 2021
    Anastasia was awarded £3k to create am interactive digital tool of heart models with Dr David Lloyd, an artist and artist a charity that supports children with heart conditions and their families.
  • Dr Margaret Cooper , Nov 2020
    ​​​​Maggie was awarded £1K to develop a podcast with people living with cancer and those that support them, including families, healthcare staff and clinicians to engage with her research around radionuclear imaging and therapy – entitled The Bigger Picture.
  • Giovanna Nordo, April 2020
    ​​​​​​​Giovanna and Mattia Veronese @IoPPN were awarded £1K to work with a graphic designer to develop a visual Patient Information Sheet to increase accessibility and improve informed consent to take part in their neuroimaging research studies with participants who have various brain conditions. They developed this into a reusable template that other researchers across the Centre can adapt for their studies.
  • Dr Andrew Melbourne, Nov 2019
    ​​​​​​​Andrew was awarded £1K to deliver a public lecture to adults and families as part of the Royal Institution (Ri) evening lectures. He worked with other researchers across the Centre to develop a giant 3D-printed (neon pink!) placenta model as a visually engaging explanatory tool for his audience around his research in placental imaging.
  • Dr Anastasia Nasopoulou, April 2019
    ​​​​​​​Anastasia was awarded £800 to deliver her public engagement activity at two different events – International clinical Trials Day (May 2019) and King’s Health Partners (KHP) Summer School (July 2019)- around her heart imaging research. Read more about what she got up to and her activities via the King’s Imaging blog – I’ve Got An Elastic Heart.

KCL Funding

Funded by the Centre for Doctoral Studies and the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund, doctoral research students, research staff and academic staff at King’s are invited to apply for a small grant of up to £1,000 to deliver a public engagement activity.

View their guidance, application form and latest deadlines

External Funding

Below you will find a list of external funding schemes to support your public engagement activity.

Alzheimer’s Research UK, Inspire Fund
The Inspire Fund provides up to £30,000 funding for innovative projects that engage the public with dementia and the life-changing research going on into the condition.

Biochemical Society, Scientific Outreach Grants
The Society wishes to support scientific outreach activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community. There are two round of applications per year, in September and April, with grants of up to £1,000.

Institute of Physics, Public Engagement Grant Scheme
This scheme provides up to £3,000 to individuals and organisations running physics based events and activities in the UK and Ireland. There are two rounds of funding per year.

Medical Research Council, Alexander Fleming Dissemination Scheme
This scheme provides funding to support the dissemination of MRC-funded research to patients, public and policy makers. Funding up to £30,000

Physiological Society, Outreach Grants
Outreach grants of up to £20,000 are available to both Members and non-Members of The Society. The grants should be used to increase understanding and awareness of physiology with the aim of engaging study at higher education and beyond, and to promote The Society, its vision and its activities.

Royal Academy of Engineering, Ingenious Awards
Ingenious is an awards scheme for projects that engage the public with engineers and engineering while providing engineers with skills and opportunities in public engagement. Funding from £3,000 to £30,000.

Royal Society of Biology, Outreach and Engagement Awards
These grants look to fund outreach and engagement events worldwide. We run two rounds of funding: one for activities and events taking place throughout the year, and one for events specifically in Biology Week.

Royal Society of Chemistry, Outreach Fund
The Outreach Fund provides financial support to members, individuals and organisations in order to enable them to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.

Wellcome, Research Enrichment Funding
This funding is for Wellcome grant holders only, who want to engage the public with their research. Ranges from £10,000 to £250,000.