NCCPE Engage 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.


The NCCPE are running this national competition to find and celebrate high quality public engagement with research projects.

We define public engagement with research as “the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of research can be shared with the public”. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.

Across the UK researchers are engaging the public in lots of different ways and for lots of different reasons. We want to recognise and reward high quality examples of public engagement in practice, and we want you to get involved. We are interested in applications covering projects from all disciplines, of any size, length and cost. Whether you are new to public engagement, or have been engaging with the public for years we are keen to hear from you.

Find out more about past NCCPE Engage Competition entries.


Competition Categories

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 winners and runners-up from each category will be celebrated at an awards ceremony as part of Engage 2016, the NCCPE’s annual conference, held in November this year.

The categories are:

  1. Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  2. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  3. Health and Wellbeing
  4. Engaging With Young People

    A really important audience to engage – we’re looking forward to hearing from projects and researchers inspiring young people in a range of different ways.

  5. Working In Partnership

    If your project has been particularly collaborative in nature, this is the category for you. Examples could include: collaborations across different research disciplines; community based research; co-production; etc.

  6. Individually Led Projects

    From those just starting out, to those who have inspired new ways of thinking about and doing public engagement, this category celebrates projects led by individuals. We’d like to hear from individuals who have gone above and beyond to engage the public in their research.

Competition entrants will select a first preference category, and then have the option to select an additional second preference category. Only one application per project will be accepted.



If you would like to contact us, or have any questions not answered by our website pages, please email

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