This scheme gives long-term support to organisations we've already funded, to increase the impact of their public engagement projects and develop new ways of working. It helps organisations plan for the future and become more resilient.
This scheme is currently closed while we review it. Meanwhile, see our Public Engagement Fund.
You can apply if you’re part of a charitable, academic or other not-for-profit organisation. Your organisation should already have received around three or more of our public engagement awards.
We welcome a wide range of organisations, including:
You can use the award to fund a wide range of activities, which could include:
We welcome partnership projects between organisations. You should have strong relationships with biomedical scientific collaborators and an ambition to broaden these relationships.
You and your proposed activities must be based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.
If you’re from a commercial company, please contact us to discuss your eligibility.
You can't apply if your proposal is:
You can only hold a Sustaining Excellence Award twice.
Sustaining Excellence Awards are usually in the range of £90,000 to £1,000,000, and last for three to five years. This support can include costs directly associated with delivering the project, such as:
The award can be used to pay for the salaries and associated costs of essential staff if no other form of funding is available. To find out more about the support we offer, please contact us.
You should ask for a level and duration of funding that's justifiable for your proposed activity.
We don't offer:
Once you’ve been awarded a Sustaining Excellence Award, you can't apply for any of our other public engagement schemes until the last year of your project. However, please contact us to discuss this restriction if you:
This scheme is currently closed for applications while we review it.
To discuss your ideas contact Greer Roberts (email@example.com).
If we decide to take your idea forward, we'll ask you to submit a preliminary application.
We'll contact shortlisted candidates within six weeks of the preliminary deadline. If you're shortlisted, we'll ask you to submit a full application.
We expect to work closely with you to develop your full application.
The Sustaining Excellence Committee will review your application.
We’ll give you a decision within two months of the deadline for full applications. We may invite you to come for an interview.
If you are disabled or have a chronic health condition, we can support you with the application process.
This scheme will be closed during 2019.