Funding for public engagement

Research Development Fund

The Research Development Fund (RDF) gives a financial grant to researchers who want to engage with the public, to develop a grant application.

Many research funding streams now require or look upon favourably when members of the public are involved in the development of research grant applications. The University recognises that there are financial implications when involving or engaging with specific demographics outside of academia.


  • The RDF is available to all researchers from all disciplines
  • You must be an employee of the University of Leeds
  • You must be able to demonstrate how the activity will lead to a grant application within nine months of receiving the RDF

If you are unsure about your eligibility for this award, please contact the Public Engagement team

Download the application guidance for more information and complete the application form. Please send your completed form to the Public Engagement team putting ‘Research Development Fund – YOUR NAME’ in the email subject.

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We would like to thank the RDS PPI forum for their knowledge and expertise in the preparation of the guidance and documentation for this funding call. We would also like to acknowledge the Wellcome Trust and RCUK who have contributed to the funding.