Funding for public events - our grant scheme

The 2021 grant scheme is now open. The deadline for applications is 23:59 on 1 June 2021

The Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme provides financial support for the delivery of pathology-related activities and events in the UK. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for individuals or organisations who wish to develop pathology-related public engagement activities or events.

The Innovation Grant Scheme aims to:

  • inspire innovative and creative pathology related public engagement projects and activities 
  • raise public awareness of, and engagement with, pathology, in particular with those who would not normally engage with the topic 
  • develop the science communication skills of pathologists and laboratory scientists 
  • stimulate discussion about pathology between pathologists and the public in order to motivate, inspire and enthuse both parties about the value of pathology and its role in prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

How to apply

The Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme 2021 is now open. The deadline for applications is 1 June 2021. All activities/projects must be completed by 1 July 2022. Please download and fill out the application form below if you wish to apply.

We are only accepting electronic applications for the foreseeable future. Please email electronic applications to: with the subject line ‘Public Engagement Grant Application’.

More information

Please check the eligibility criteria below and read the guidelines and information document before filling out an application. Note that we will continue to welcome applications that consider virtual/ socially-distanced formats or contingency plans for their proposed projects for the 2021 grant scheme (due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19). 

Grant scheme 2021 documents

If you still need help after reading the guidelines, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the public engagement team for informal advice and guidance prior to submitting an application. The team can be contacted on


To be eligible, proposed events and activities should:

  • include the involvement of pathologists and/or laboratory scientists as a key part of the activity (although to apply, you do not have to be a College member yourself).
  • be pathology-based and explore underlying concepts and issues, rather than just providing information.

If you have a great idea but don’t work in pathology or medicine, get in touch and we will do our best to link you up with a pathologist to work with on your grant application.

Hear from one of our grant recipients..

The Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme has enabled our medical society to host the biggest National Pathology Week event ever organised in our region. Hundreds of medical student volunteers were involved. I truly recommend this scheme to anyone interested in public engagement, as it can really shape the local community and bridge the gap between students, healthcare professionals and the general public.

Bogdan Chiva Giurca Recipient of Public Engagement Innovation Grant

Need inspiration?

We have have given grants to diverse range of projects and events. Find out the kind of thing we have funded over the last couple of years.