Funding for public engagement

Research Development Fund (RDF)

The Research Development Fund invites staff to apply for up to £600 to fund the involvement of members of the public (e.g. public, patients, carers, service users and other stakeholders) in shaping or developing research ideas, i.e. at the research development stage prior to submitting a research proposal.

Two distinct types of projects are considered:

  1. Holding an event/meeting (or series of smaller meetings) to inform a particular research grant application.
  2. Establishing an ongoing PPIE panel/user group in a specific research area, where the need for such a group has been identified and no other group exists already. It is advantageous to outline how the ongoing support for such a group will be met.

Funds are limited for each round and the maximum amount per application is £600.

The RDF has 3 rounds of funding per year (January/February, May/June, September/October) – stay up to date on the latest RDF funding announcements by joining the Engaged Research Microsoft Team.

Acknowledgements: 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.


The Engaged Research Microsoft Team has details of a wide range of funders.


Engagement is the only way to Impact

Make sure you include costs for engagement activities in your research proposals. We are happy to help you with this. For more information, read the PE, Impact and Evaluation section.