Careful targeting—of both audience and aims—is important in environmental public engagement scheme
- This scheme can now be used for researchers who are testing the waters for a public engagement project
- Public engagement novices are welcome to apply but should consult guidance before doing so
- Clarity of aims and target audience is essential in applications
- Think about building impact beyond any intervention
The Natural Environment and Research Council has rung the changes for the third annual call of its Engaging the Public with Environmental Science scheme. Eligibility criteria have been widened to admit non-academic applicants; also, researchers can apply for funding for sections of public engagement projects—for example, for just the networking—with the amounts adjusted as a result.