Apply to the PEARL Activity Grants scheme

Application for 2021 have now closed. The next round of applications will be opening in early 2022

The PEARL Activity Grants program is an annual small grants scheme offering funding of £100 to £1,000 to University of Lincoln staff and postgraduate students to support the development and delivery of public engagement with research activity.

Engaging publics and wider society in the research produced by universities is a vital part of the research process. To support our researchers in delivering high quality engagement, PEARL has established this grants scheme to support creative new projects and initiatives that will make a targeted impact with selected public audiences through meaningful, two-way engagement.

Applications open: Mon 8th February 2021
Deadline for submissions: 11:59pm, Fri 12th March 2021
Outcomes announced: Weds 24th – Fri 25th March 2021

For any questions about this scheme or to discuss any elements of your application, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 

To book a 1-to-1 advice surgery slot, or for details of our Zoom Drop-In sessions, please see below

How to Apply

To apply, please download a copy of the latest application guidlines. It is important that all applicants ensure that they read the guidelines document thoroughly before making a submission.


After reading the application guidelines, applicants can complete the online submission form via the link below. The online submission form will be accepting submission until 5pm on Friday 12th March.

Who can apply?

The Activity Grants scheme is open to all staff and postgraduate students from the University of Lincoln.

What do we fund?

We are looking to fund creative proposals that will utilise fun and interactive methods to deliver high quality engagement between researchers and the public.

This scheme is open to broad range of projects and activities. Some examples of the kinds of projects we fund are ; co-produced research projects, interactive onlineworkshops, guided and immersive experiences, performance and arts-based activities, exhibitions, workshops and more!

Applications Advice Surgeries

In order to support staff and students in developing their project proposals during this time, we will be running a series of o1-to-1 Activity Grant Advice Surgeries during this application period.

Remaining 1-to-1 advice surgeries will be taking place on Tuesday 2nd March and Tuesday 9th March.

To book your slot, please use the Doodle Poll, HERE

Zoom Drop-In Sessions

If you have any questions, smaller aspects of your proposal that you’d like to discuss, or if you’re unable to attend one of the 1-to-1 advice surgeries, prospective applicants are welcome to join of the following drop-in sessions on Zoom.

Please note, that the password for all sessions is Grants2021

Wednesday 3rd March: 10AM-11AM | Click here to join session 1
Wednesday 3rd March: 3PM-4PM | Click here to join session 2
Friday 5th March: 10AM-11AM | Click here to join session 3
Monday 8th March: 3PM-4PM | Click here to join session 4
Wednesday 10th March: 10AM-11AM | Click here to join session 5

Looking for ideas and inspiration?

If you’re looking for inspiration to help you develop ideas for your proposal, why not take a look at some examples and case studies of other public engagement projects.

Previously funded projects

To see what projects we’ve previously funded, take a look at our grants pages via the ‘Grants’ tab above, or see previous publications of Discover, Issue 1 and Issue 2, our annual review of public engagement activity at Lincoln.

More examples of great public engagement

The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) and the Being Human Festival both have a fantastic range of casestudies which showcase engagement projects that have been delivered across the UK and abroad. 

For examples of public engagement activity that has adapted to or developed from the start to delivered virutally and/or with social distancing in mind, take a look at the recent programmes of Sheffield’s Festival of The Mind and Nottingham’s Festival of Science & Curiosity