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On Screen Talent Market

The On Screen Talent Market at Sheffield Documentary Festival is now open for applications.

This is an opportunity for experts who wish to present their subject on radio and TV. It consists of a morning of training led by TV presenters and executives, and an afternoon of curated meetings with producers, development producers and commissioners. It is designed to launch and further the careers of experts as new on screen talent.

The Festival will take place in Sheffield on Wednesday the 14th June.

For more information and to apply, please visit sheffdocfest.

Applications close on Friday 30 April 2017.

For advice, please contact the Impact & Engagement Team.

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PPI and Communication Workshop

Manchester Metropolitan University and the North West People in Research Forum invite you along to a communications workshop for public Involvement and Engagement. In conversation with public members and experienced researchers from across the region this event aims to generate discussion and ideas.

This event is aimed at researchers who have had some experience and interest in Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement and the content might be of particular interest to early career researchers.

Monday 20 March 2017 from 10:00am – 12:30pm.

Manchester Met, Birley Fields Campus.

For more information and to register attendance, please click HERE.

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Public Engagement Opportunity: age-friendly environments

Manchester Met has an exciting opportunity to work with the Ideal Home Show to design, develop and ‘stock’ an “age-friendly” show home for the 2018 exhibition in London and Manchester.

The visitor experience should be informed by research, so we are inviting the research community to contribute ideas to the project. What does your research say about ageing and/or the home environment for older people? How could your findings be visualised, expressed or explained through the show home’s design, its fixtures, fittings and furnishings, products, technologies, layout or materials? Could the project support your current research?

Masters Architecture students are already working on the project to develop designs for the show home. Led by a professional team of staff and consultants, they will follow the world-leading best practice which has been developed through the Manchester Age Friendly Neighbourhoods (MAFN) project. Students will co-design elements of the show home with local older people and community groups.

To find out more, please email the RKE Impact and Engagement Team.

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British Academy Rising Star Engagement Awards

The British Academy’s Rising Star Engagement Awards (BARSEAs) are designed to enable established early career academics to actively engage in the work of the Academy and to enhance their own skills and career development through the organisation of events, training, and mentoring activities for a wide range of other early career researchers. This also includes public engagement and policy engagement activities.

This scheme is not an offer of funding for research activity.

The grant maximum is £15,000 for one year.

Deadline for Applicants: 30th November 2016

For more information, please visit British Academy.

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AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme: Creative Economy Highlight Notice

The Arts and Humanities Research Council invites applications for its creative economy highlight notice under the follow-on funding for impact and engagement scheme. The aim of this call is to encourage applications exploring innovative ways of enhancing engagement and maximising opportunities for impact with the creative economy. Applicants must demonstrate how significant economic, social, cultural or policy impacts for the creative economy will be delivered.

Proposals must be based on either previous or current research directly funded by the AHRC, or supported by the Digital R&D fund for Arts in England, Wales or Scotland.

Funding supports knowledge exchange, public engagement, dissemination and commercialisation activities that arose during the lifespan of a project but were not foreseen in the initial application.

Grants are worth up to £200,000 over a maximum period of 18 months. Smaller grants of up to £30,000 may be awarded for shorter or higher risk activities.

Deadline for applications: 27 October.

For more information, please visit the AHRC.

For support on your proposal, please contact Research Development.

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NCCPE Public Engagement Competition 2016

Are you involved in public engagement with research? Have you worked on a brilliant project that you want to share? The NCCPE Engage Competition is back for 2016 and open for applications.

There are six competition categories, and the winner of each category will receive a prize of £1,500 to go towards further public engagement work.

The closing date for entries is Monday 18th July 2016 at 12 noon.

For more information and to apply, please visit NCCPE.

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CERN International Artists Residency

The COLLIDE International Award is a unique opportunity for artists to spend dedicated time in one of the most important laboratories in the world, where crucial questions about nature are addressed.

Famously home to the Large Hadron Collider, CERN has offered the award to artists with an interest in the sciences for several years. This is the first year, however, it will be collaborating with the Liverpool-based Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT).

The winner of the COLLIDE International Award will win a three-month-long, fully funded residency split between the two institutions as well as a 15,000 Swiss Francs cash prize

The competition is open to artists of any nationality or age. Their proposal should reflect upon encounters between art and science, and offer challenging methods of collaboration with CERN scientists.

The deadline for applications is May 23rd, 2016.

For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit

For support during your proposal, please contact our Impact and Engagement Manager Jenna Ashton.