Public engagement with research


Your public engagement responsibilities

We expect researchers to consider where best to engage the public (those who sit outside academia) with their research. Engaging the public with your research can improve the quality and impact of your work, raise your profile and develop your skills. It also enables members of the public to act as informed citizens and can inspire the next generation of researchers.

We encourage you to include appropriate and purposeful costed public engagement activities in your funding applications.

You can find further information on public engagement within research grants in section 113 of the NERC research grants and fellowships handbook.

We want to foster a research culture that values, recognises and supports public engagement. Therefore, we ask researchers to adopt good practices for public engagement with research. This is described in section RGC 2.9 of the UKRI standard full economic costs grants terms and conditions.

Last updated: 18 December 2023

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