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Research council partners and public engagement with research

Engaging the public with research helps to empower people, broadens attitudes and ensures that the work of universities and research institutes is relevant to society and wider social concerns. By establishing an ongoing dialogue between the research community and the public, society can benefit more fully from the outputs of research.

The research councils are working with other funders of research to create a culture where public engagement is regarded as an important and essential activity by the research community. We are members of the National Forum for Public Engagement with STEM. This is a collective of key funders and organisations involved in setting the national agenda for public engagement in STEM.

In this section you will find information about research council partner initiatives and resources relating to:

  • Embedding public engagement in research - information about the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research, and major initiatives to embed public engagement funded by research council partners: the Strategic Support to Expedite Embedding Public Engagement with Research, the Catalyst Seed Fund, the School-University Partnerships Initiative, the Catalysts, and the Beacons for Public Engagement.
  • Guides, policies, research and publications – information about best practice and evaluation, Pathways to Impact, strategies and guides, research reports and toolkits developed through different activities and initiatives.